David Cloninger

SEC Tournament Watch

USC is still bidding for a top-four finish in the SEC.
USC is still bidding for a top-four finish in the SEC. 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. 18)

Kentucky 10-3

LSU 9-4

Florida 8-5

South Carolina 8-5

Texas A&M 8-5

Alabama 7-6

Georgia 7-6

Vanderbilt 7-6

Ole Miss 6-7

Arkansas 5-8

Tennessee 5-8

Auburn 4-9

Mississippi State 4-9

*Missouri 3-10

IF THE TOURNAMENT BEGAN TODAY

Florida, South Carolina and Texas A&M are tied for third. The Gamecocks beat the Aggies while the Gators lost to them, and USC and Florida haven’t played each other (they play Saturday). The Gamecocks would win the third spot.

Alabama, Georgia and Vanderbilt are tied for sixth. The Commodores beat the Crimson Tide and haven’t played the Bulldogs, while the Bulldogs have not played the Crimson Tide. Vandy would be sixth.

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. 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) Alabama vs. (9) Ole Miss

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

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

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

Third Round

March 11

Game 6 – (1) Kentucky 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) South Carolina vs. Game 5 winner

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