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Now That the Regular Season is Out of the Way ...

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Last night's game was broadcast in the Atlanta area, but I didn't watch it. Displaying a frightening sense of priorities, I decided to go out to dinner with a friend instead. My feeling was this: If the Hogs lose, I don't want to see it, and if they win, big deal - it's Auburn.

After reading the game stories and looking at the box score, one thing definitely jumps out: Patrick Beverley is back. That sounds like quite an offensive display he put on: 27 points, making all six of his shots from behind the three-point line. That's about all of the penetrating insight that I've got right now.

So, with the regular season behind us and the conference tournament looming, the big question, of course, is what kind of shape are the Hogs in for an NCAA bid? If I were a betting man, I'd say they are currently on the outside looking in. I just can't get past their 3-5 finish. Win a game or two in Atlanta, of course, and it's a different story. But if the Hogs get bounced on Friday, I think we're looking at the NIT.

Chime in with your thoughts in the comments section.