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The SEC Championship game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and LSU Tigers will have bigger consequences down the road for both teams. With just minutes to go in the game and with South Carolina leading, some pushing and shoving took place, almost leading to a brawl between the two teams.

The brother of LSU’s Flau’jae Johnson even came out of the stands to defend his sister, but officials and security were able to break up the fight before it got worse. Johnson’s bother was reportedly escorted out of the arena in handcuffs.

The game ended with both teams needing to play five-on-five as everyone else had been ejected for fighting or leaving the bench.

South Carolina went on to win their eighth SEC Tournament Championship game, 79-73.

After the game, South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley apologized for her team’s part in the incident.

“I want to apologize to the basketball community for us playing a part in that,  that’s not who we are,” she said. “Your emotions get the best of you.”

LSU head coach Kim Mulkey wasn’t as gracious in defeat as Staley saying, “I wish she would have pushed Angel Reese, you don’t push a girl who is that size when you’re 6’7.”

Mulkey also says she doesn’t expect any LSU players to be ineligible for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The brawl may have several consequences for both teams but especially for South Carolina. Kamilla Cardoso, who hit the game-winning shot to send the Gamecocks to the SEC Championship game, was involved in the fight and was ejected. Because of that, she won’t be eligible for the first game of the NCAA Tournament.

This is the latest incident in a long-simmering rivalry. Last year, LSU knocked off the Gamecocks to end their win streak and make it to the NCAA Championship, where they defeated Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

There’s a decent chance LSU and South Carolina could meet again in the NCAA Tournament. Be ready.

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About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.