David Cloninger

SEC Tournament Watch

USC is still in contention for a top-four spot in the SEC tournament.
USC is still in contention for a top-four spot in the SEC tournament. gmelendez@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. 13)

Kentucky 9-3

LSU 9-3

South Carolina 8-4

Florida 7-5

Georgia 7-5

Texas A&M 7-5

Vanderbilt 7-5

Alabama 6-6

Ole Miss 6-6

Arkansas 5-7

Tennessee 5-7

Auburn 3-9

Mississippi State 3-9

*Missouri 2-10

IF THE TOURNAMENT BEGAN TODAY

Kentucky and LSU are tied for first. Kentucky lost to LSU.

Florida, Georgia, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt are tied for fourth. The Commodores are 2-0 against Florida and A&M and would be fourth, while the Aggies are 2-1 against the other three. The Gators are 1-2 and would be sixth, while the Bulldogs are 0-2.

Alabama and Ole Miss are tied for eighth. The Rebels won the head-to-head.

Arkansas and Tennessee are tied for 10th. The Razorbacks won the head-to-head.

Auburn and Mississippi State are tied for 12th. The two have not played each other so the tiebreaker goes to record against the No. 1 seed. The Tigers beat each, while Auburn beat Kentucky. The Tigers would be 12th.

First Round

March 9

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

Second Round

March 10

Game 2 – (8) Ole Miss vs. (9) Alabama

Game 3 – (5) Texas A&M vs. Game 1 winner

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

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

Third Round

March 11

Game 6 – (1) LSU vs. Game 2 winner

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

Game 8 – (2) Kentucky vs. Game 4 winner

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

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