David Cloninger

SEC Tournament Watch

Frank Martin and South Carolina are charging for the SEC title.
Frank Martin and South Carolina are charging for the SEC title. tglantz@thestate.com

The SEC is in its second half of the league season 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. 10)

Kentucky 8-3

LSU 8-3

South Carolina 8-3

Florida 7-4

Texas A&M 7-4

Georgia 6-5

Vanderbilt 6-5

Alabama 5-6

Arkansas 5-6

Ole Miss 5-6

Tennessee 5-6

Auburn 3-8

Mississippi State 3-8

*Missouri 1-10

IF THE TOURNAMENT BEGAN TODAY

Kentucky, South Carolina and LSU are tied for first. Kentucky lost to LSU and hasn’t played USC (the two play Saturday) while USC beat LSU. The Gamecocks would be first.

Florida lost to Texas A&M and would be fifth.

Georgia and Vanderbilt have not played each other. In record against the top seed, the Bulldogs beat USC while Vanderbilt lost.

Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Tennessee are in a four-way tie for eighth. The Volunteers lost to Alabama and Arkansas and would fall to 11th. The Crimson Tide beat Tennessee but lost to Ole Miss and would be 10th. The Razorbacks and Rebels are each 1-0 against the other teams in the tiebreaker but haven’t played each other. In record against the top seed, Ole Miss lost to USC while the Razorbacks haven’t played the Gamecocks.

Auburn and Mississippi State have not played each other and each lost to USC. Auburn’s win over Kentucky would give the Tigers 12th.

First Round

March 9

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

Second Round

March 10

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

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

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

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

Third Round

March 11

Game 6 – (1) South Carolina vs. Game 2 winner

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

Game 8 – (2) LSU vs. Game 4 winner

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

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