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SEC announces scheduling changes to 6 sports

Including changes to the SEC Basketball Tournament.

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 16 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament - Kentucky v Florida Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The SEC Presidents and Chancellors have approved future regular-season schedule and postseason championship formats for six sports, the league announced Friday. These changes were made during the SEC Spring Meetings in preparation for the addition of the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns to the league beginning with the 2025-26 athletic year.

The sports formats approved were men’s basketball, women’s basketball, soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and softball.

Here are all of the changes:

Men’s Basketball

  • Regular season: Each season a team will play two permanent opponents home and away, one rotating opponent home and away, plus the 12 remaining teams in single contests either home or away, for a total of 18 conference games.
  • SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament: All 16 teams will compete in a single-elimination format, consistent with the current format but with two additional games. The top four seeded teams will continue to receive a bye through the first two rounds of the tournament.

Women’s Basketball

  • Regular season: Each season a team will play one rotating opponent home and away, plus the 14 remaining teams in single contests either home or away, for a total of 16 conference games.
  • SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament: All 16 teams will compete in a single-elimination format, consistent with the current format but with two additional games. The top four seeded teams will continue to receive a bye through the first two rounds of the tournament.

Soccer

  • Regular season: Soccer will continue to compete in a two-division format. Each season a team will play seven divisional opponents plus three cross-divisional opponents on a rotating basis, for a total of 10 conference games.
  • SEC Soccer Championship: 12 teams will compete in a single-elimination format, with the top four seeded teams receiving a first-round bye.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis

  • Regular season: Each team will play a single round robin against all other teams in the conference, consistent with the current format.
  • SEC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships: All teams will compete in a single elimination format with the top four seeded teams receiving a bye through the first two rounds of the tournament.

Softball

  • Regular season: Each season a team will play a three-game series against eight rotating opponents, for a total of 24 conference games.
  • SEC Softball Tournament: All teams will compete in a single-elimination format, consistent with the current format but with two additional games.

Regular-season schedule and championship formats in all other SEC sports remain under discussion and will be announced at a future date.