David Cloninger

SEC Tournament Watch

Frank Martin has his Gamecocks lobbying for a top-four seed.
Frank Martin has his Gamecocks lobbying for a top-four seed. tglantz@thestate.com

The SEC is halfway through league play so it’s time to see how the SEC tournament would stack up if it began today.

*Note: Missouri has voluntarily removed itself from the SEC tournament due to self-reported NCAA violations.

SEC TOURNAMENT

March 9-13 * Bridgestone Arena * Nashville, Tenn.

First Round

March 9

Game 1 – No. 12 vs. No. 13, 8 p.m. (SEC Network)

Second Round

March 10

Game 2 – No. 8 vs. No. 9, 1 p.m. (SEC Network)

Game 3 – No. 5 vs. Game 1 winner, 25 minutes following conclusion of Game 2 (SEC Network)

Game 4 – No. 10 vs. No. 7, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)

Game 5 – No. 6 vs. No. 11, 25 minutes following conclusion of Game 4 (SEC Network)

Third Round

March 11

Game 6 – No. 1 vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m. (SEC Network)

Game 7 – No. 4 vs. Game 3 winner, 25 minutes following conclusion of Game 6 (SEC Network)

Game 8 – No. 2 vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)

Game 9 – No. 3 vs. Game 5 winner, 25 minutes following conclusion of Game 8 (SEC Network)

Fourth Round

March 12

Game 10 – Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 11 – Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 25 minutes following conclusion of Game 10 (ESPN)

Championship

March 13

Game 12 – Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

SEC STANDINGS (Feb. 4)

LSU 7-2

Texas A&M 7-2

Florida 6-3

Kentucky 6-3

South Carolina 6-3

Georgia 5-4

Vanderbilt 5-4

Arkansas 4-5

Ole Miss 4-5

Tennessee 4-5

Alabama 3-6

Auburn 3-6

Mississippi State 2-7

*Missouri 1-8

IF THE TOURNAMENT BEGAN TODAY

Texas A&M would be the No. 1 seed and LSU would be second. The third seed would be between Florida, Kentucky and South Carolina, who each haven’t played the other two.

In that case, the tiebreaker would go to record against the No. 1 seed and so on.

Only the Gators have played the Aggies, and they lost that game. That makes Florida fifth. Second seed LSU beat Kentucky while the Gamecocks haven’t played the Tigers or Aggies. USC would be third and the Wildcats fourth.

Georgia and Vanderbilt are tied for sixth and have not played each other. Vanderbilt’s win over A&M would give it the sixth seed.

Arkansas, Ole Miss and Tennessee are tied for eighth. None of the teams have played each other. The Razorbacks’ win over A&M would make it eighth. Tennessee’s win over USC would make it ninth.

Alabama loses the tiebreaker to Auburn (although the two play again on Feb. 27) and would be in the play-in game against Mississippi State.

First Round

March 9

Game 1 – (12) Alabama vs. (13) Mississippi State

Second Round

March 10

Game 2 – (8) Arkansas vs. (9) Tennessee)

Game 3 – (5) Florida vs. Game 1 winner

Game 4 – (10) Ole Miss vs. (7) Georgia

Game 5 – (6) Vanderbilt vs. (11) Auburn

Third Round

March 11

Game 6 – (1) Texas A&M) vs. Game 2 winner

Game 7 – (4) Kentucky vs. Game 3 winner

Game 8 – (2) LSU vs. Game 4 winner

Game 9 – (3) South Carolina vs. Game 5 winner

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