David Cloninger

SEC Tournament Watch

Frank Martin is eyeing a top-four finish in the SEC.
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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. 6)

LSU 8-2

Kentucky 7-3

South Carolina 7-3

Texas A&M 7-3

Florida 6-4

Georgia 6-4

Arkansas 5-5

Ole Miss 5-5

Vanderbilt 5-5

Alabama 4-6

Tennessee 4-6

Auburn 3-7

Mississippi State 2-8

*Missouri 1-9

IF THE TOURNAMENT BEGAN TODAY

Kentucky, South Carolina and Texas A&M are tied for second behind first-place LSU. The Gamecocks beat the Aggies and haven’t played the Wildcats, while A&M also hasn’t played the Wildcats. USC would be second and Kentucky third.

Florida beat Georgia and would win the tiebreaker for fifth.

Arkansas, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are tied for seventh. The Commodores lost to each team and would be ninth. Arkansas and Ole Miss haven’t played each other so the tiebreaker would go to record against the top seed. Each lost to LSU. Arkansas hasn’t played USC but the Rebels lost to the Gamecocks.

Alabama beat Tennessee and would win the tiebreaker for 10th.

First Round

March 9

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

Second Round

March 10

Game 2 – (8) Ole Miss vs. (9) Vanderbilt

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

Game 4 – (10) Alabama vs. (7) Arkansas

Game 5 – (6) Georgia vs. (11) Tennessee

Third Round

March 11

Game 6 – (1) LSU vs. Game 2 winner

Game 7 – (4) Texas A&M vs. Game 3 winner

Game 8 – (2) South Carolina vs. Game 4 winner

Game 9 – (3) Kentucky vs. Game 5 winner

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