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Matter's SEC Heat Check: Auburn surges; Hogs stumble

We’re just past the midway point of the SEC basketball schedule and it’s fair to say it’s now a three-team race. It’s also a safe bet that Auburn, Kentucky and LSU, in some order, will be your top three seeds in Nashville for the SEC tournament. Those three either built enough of a lead (LSU) or continue to pull away from the pack (Auburn, Kentucky) to separate themselves from a middle tier that will be fighting for their NCAA Tournament lives the next five weeks.

Here’s how the league stacks up in Heat Check heading into the next week of action:

Bruce Pearl’s Tigers know how to finish.