The regular season has come to an end.
Now, teams are getting ready for conference tournament time. Starting on Wednesday, the SEC Tournament will get underway in Nashville and run from March 13-17.
It was a three-team battle for the SEC crown, but the LSU Tigers came up with big wins over the Kentucky Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers to win the league and get the 1 seed for the tournament. They clinched the league title Saturday with a win over Vanderbilt without the services of Javonte Smart, who is being held out due to the wiretap revelations that also led to Will Wade being suspended indefinitely.
The Wildcats did earn the 2 seed and won’t play until Friday night. Tennessee is the 3 seed and has to play about 30 minutes after the Cats’ game.
The battle for the last double “BYE” was as close as it gets, but in the end, South Carolina came away with the 4 seed.
The wild race for the SEC is over and now the teams will be looking for a guaranteed NCAA Tournament bid when they all make the trip to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for the SEC Tournament.
This is the best time of the year and it is going to be an excellent tournament and here is the schedule at which it will play out.
SEC Tournament Bracket
All times Eastern
FIRST ROUND- March 13th
Game 1: #12 Missouri Tigers vs #13 Georgia Bulldogs, 7:00 PM on the SEC Network
Game 2: #11 Texas A&M Aggies vs #14 Vanderbilt Commodores, 25 minutes after Game 1 on the SEC Network
SECOND ROUND- March 14th
Game 3: #8 Florida Gators vs #9 Arkansas Razorbacks, 1:00 PM on the SEC Network
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs #5 Auburn Tigers, 25 minutes after Game 3 on the SEC Network
Game 6: Game 2 winner vs #6 Mississippi State Bulldogs, 25 minutes after Game 5 on the SEC Network
QUARTERFINALS- March 15th
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs #1 LSU Tigers, 1:00 PM on ESPN
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs #4 South Carolina Gamecocks, 25 minutes after Game 7 on ESPN
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs #2 Kentucky Wildcats, 7:00 PM on the SEC Network
Game 10: Game 6 winner vs #3 Tennessee Volunteers, 25 minutes after Game 9 on the SEC Network
SEMIFINAL- March 16th
Game 11: Game 7 winner vs Game 8 winner, 1:00 PM on ESPN
Game 12: Game 9 winner vs Game 10 winner, 25 minutes after Game 11 on ESPN
FINAL- March 17th
Game 13: Game 11 winner vs Game 12 winner, 1:00 PM on ESPN
Odds to win the Championship
According to TeamRankings, Tennessee has the best chance of winning the SEC Tournament, followed by Kentucky. Auburn, the 5 seed, actually has better odds than LSU, the top seed.
- Kentucky Wildcats +200
- Tennessee Volunteers +200
- Auburn Tigers +400
- LSU Tigers +450
- Mississippi State Bulldogs +1200
- Florida Gators +1400
- Ole Miss Rebels +4000
- Alabama Crimson Tide +6600
- Arkansas Razorbacks +6600
- South Carolina Gamecocks +6600
- Missouri Tigers +10000
- Texas A&M Aggies +10000
- Georgia Bulldogs +15000
- Vanderbilt Commodores +30000