As the rain delays continue to throw the SEC Tournament into chaos, it looks as though some changes are coming to the schedule.
According to a tweet from Tennessee Baseball on Wednesday afternoon, the second-round game between Tennessee and Vanderbilt will not be played on Wednesday as scheduled.
“Be advised, the Tennessee/Vanderbilt game will not be played tonight (Wednesday),” the tweet stated. “We will provide more details when we have them.”
Be advised, the Tennessee/Vanderbilt game will not be played tonight. We will provide more details when we have them.
— Tennessee Baseball (@Vol_Baseball) May 25, 2022
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By 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday afternoon, the SEC Tournament was supposed to be starting its seventh game of the tournament that began on Tuesday. However, after the storms have caused significant delays in the Hoover, Alabama area, the SEC has only completed three (soon to be four) games to that point.
Tennessee’s original game was supposed to be in that aforementioned 5:30 p.m. Wednesday slot. On Tuesday evening, though, Tennessee announced that the game would likely get delayed until the evening. Now, it looks as though Tennessee’s first game won’t be until Thursday.
While there is very little information about the future regarding the rest of the week, the SEC is seemingly going to have to make a drastic move in order to complete the tournament in time. One idea, whether it is in consideration or not, could be to change the second, third, and fourth rounds into single-elimination games, as opposed to the originally scheduled double-elimination games. Originally, only the first round, the semi-finals, and the championship game were to be single-elimination contests. However, calling an audible and shifting out of double-elimination may be the best route to take in order to complete the tournament.
Tennessee is scheduled to take on Vanderbilt for the fourth time this season, with the Vols sweeping the Commodores in Nashville in early April. Vanderbilt reached the second round late on Tuesday night after defeating Ole Miss 3-1. Now, with the delay, Vanderbilt’s players will have considerably more time to rest up than originally planned.
- Update at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday: Tennessee will play Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET.
- UPDATE N0. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET: Florida and Texas A&M will now play the first game Thursday morning in the 10:30 a.m. ET time slot. Tennessee and Vanderbilt will square off 30 minutes following the end of the contest between the Aggies and Gators.
“Due to the weather forecast for the remainder of the night, Game 6 between Texas A&M and Florida has been postponed until tomorrow, May 26, at 9:30 AM CT,” the press release from the SEC stated. “Game 7 between Tennessee and Vanderbilt will be played approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 6.”
This story will continue to be updated upon the release of further information from the University of Tennessee or from the SEC.