I had packed enough clothes to last me until Monday, but it turned out I would have been fine if I’d only brought enough for Saturday. I headed down to Nashville with a couple of Missourian sports writers to photograph the 2013 SEC men’s basketball tournament at the Bridgestone Arena.

Mizzou powered through it’s second-round game (after a first-round bye) against Texas A&M 62-50, and looked like they would advance to the semi-finals when they were up by double digits against Ole Miss in the quarter finals. But, with 2 minutes left, they let that lead slip, and some interesting late play calls meant they went home 64-62 losers. There were a few thousand Missouri fans that made the roadtrip, and I spent part of the day Friday looking for some fan features before the game.

Laurence Bowers dunk SEC tournament

MU’s Laurence Bowers is fouled while going for a dunk against Texas A&M

Phil Pressey Missouri SEC

Mizzou PG Phil Pressey drives against Texas A&M defenders

MU Jabari Brown defends SEC

MU guard Jabari Brown tries to block the shot of Texas A&M’s Elston Turner

Brown fouled Caruso

Jabari Brown is fouled by A&M’s Alex Caruso while shooting

SEC basketball fans share beer

Ole Miss fans and Mizzou fans share a beer on the concourse while watching the Kentucky-Vanderbilt game on Friday

Bridgestone Arena Nashville Tennessee

Bridgestone Arena, an 18,000-seat facility, had about 15,000 Kentucky fans on hand for the game against Vanderbilt

Woman selling SEC basketball merchandise

A woman selling pennants and programs watches the Kentucky-Vanderbilt game on a nearby TV

Mizzou fans dancing

The Grewe family dances during a timeout in the Kentucky-Vanderbilt game

Keion Bell SEC tournament

Keion Bell goes up for a shot against an Ole Miss defender

Bowers SEC tournament shooting

Laurence Bowers, 6-foot-8, from Memphis shoots against Ole Miss defender Reginald Buckner, 6-foot-9, also from Memphis.

Pressey shoots over Henderson SEC tournament

MU guard Phil Pressey gets off a shot against Ole Miss defender Marshall Henderson

Keion Bell dribbles SEC

Keion Bell dribbles against an Ole Miss defender

Ole Miss Celebrates SEC tournament wint

Ole Miss celebrates their 64-62 win over the Tigers

Marshall Henderson celebrates

Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson jumps on the scorers’ table after the Rebels’ 64-62 win over the Missouri Tigers

Bowers leaves court

Laurence Bowers leaves the court at the Bridgestone Arena after the Tigers fell 64-62 to the Ole Miss Rebels

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