David Cloninger

SEC Tournament Watch

Sindarius Thornwell and USC are looking to lock in a top-four seed in the SEC tournament.
Sindarius Thornwell and USC are looking to lock in a top-four seed in the SEC tournament. online@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. 21)

Kentucky 10-4

LSU 9-5

South Carolina 9-5

Texas A&M 9-5

Florida 8-6

Vanderbilt 8-6

Alabama 7-7

Georgia 7-7

Ole Miss 7-7

Arkansas 6-8

Tennessee 6-8

Mississippi State 5-9

Auburn 4-10

*Missouri 3-11

IF THE TOURNAMENT BEGAN TODAY

LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M are tied for second. The Gamecocks beat both teams and would be second, while LSU and A&M split the season series. Each beat Kentucky and each lost to USC. Against fifth seed Vanderbilt, LSU won but A&M lost. The Tigers would be third.

Florida and Vanderbilt are tied for fifth. Vanderbilt won the head-to-head.

Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss are tied for seventh. The Rebels beat each and would be seventh. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs haven’t played each other yet and each lost to Kentucky. The Bulldogs beat USC while Alabama split the USC series. Georgia would be eighth.

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

First Round

March 9

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

Second Round

March 10

Game 2 – (8) Georgia vs. (9) Alabama

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

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

Game 5 – (6) Florida 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) South Carolina vs. Game 4 winner

Game 9 – (3) LSU vs. Game 5 winner

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