NASHVILLE — The SEC tournament got off to a rough start, at least technologically.
One of the shot clocks wasn’t working, leading the public address announcer to issue periodic updates as Auburn shot at Tennessee’s basket:
“20 (seconds) … 10 ….”
Auburn’s shots weren’t working either, as the Tigers started out down 10-0, while Tennessee — shooting at a basket where the shot clock worked — did just fine. The Volunteers rolled out to a 19-point halftime lead.
The P.A. announcer was able to stop the shot-clock updates in the second half, as a giant shot clock was placed near the basket.
There were also some brief glitches on the scoreboard overhanging the court. Some of the lights at Bridgestone Arena in the upper sections were also out. A bank of them came on a couple minutes into the game, shining a light on press row.
The first-round game was the only one on Wednesday night, matching the two worst-seeded teams in the tournament. Missouri, which would have been seeded No. 14, self-imposed a postseason ban for NCAA violations, leading the SEC to cut out one of the first-round games.