SEC Tournament moves to Georgia Tech after tornado, fans can't attend

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ATLANTA (WVLT-TV) The Southeastern Conference moved the rest of its men's basketball tournament to Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum after a tornado damaged the Georgia Dome and a large part of downtown Atlanta.

One team will have to play a doubleheader Saturday.

The Georgia-Kentucky quarterfinal game, which was postponed late Friday evening after the tornado struck, will be played at noon Saturday. The winner of that game will have to return Saturday evening to face Mississippi State in the semifinals at 8:30 P.M.

The other semifinal between No. 4 Tennessee and Arkansas will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Since Alexander Memorial Coliseum is smaller than the Georgia Dome, 9,100 seats as opposed to 26,000 seats at the dome, only players' families and those with working credentials will be allowed to attend the remaining games.

Plans for televising the games from the Georgia Tech location were still pending as of 5:30 Saturday morning.

WVLT Volunteer TV's Rick Russo reports from Atlanta that the agreement is the result of meetings between the SEC, coaches and athletic directors and consultation with the NCAA.

The championship game will be held Sunday at 3:00 P.M.

Saturday Schedule
12:00 Noon Georgia v. Kentucky
6:00 P.M. Tennessee v. Arkansas
8:30 P.M. Mississippi St. v. (winner GA/KY Game)


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