Although it's more well-known as a football juggernaut, the Southeastern Conference boasts one of the longest-running men's basketball tournaments in the country with a history of excellence that few leagues can match. With double-digit National Championships to its credit, the SEC and its conference tournament has become a stepping stone that will launch a team into the NCAA Tournament. Begun back in 1933, the event was initially held at the Atlanta Athletic Club, where the Kentucky Wildcats won the first of many SEC Championships. Over the years, the tourney has been held at the Georgia Dome, the Birmingham Coliseum, the Bridgestone Arena and many other venues that housed the pulse-pounding action on the hardwood.
The SEC Men's Basketball Tournament was a consistent force in the college basketball world since its inception, and the University of Kentucky emerged as the juggernaut that other teams tried to emulate. The Wildcats captured every title during the 1940s, with the exception of 1941 and 1943 when Tennessee stole the show. In the late 2000s, the SEC experienced remarkable recruiting growth, and it is now widely considered one of the must-watch tourneys of the postseason and plays a major role in NCAA Tournament seeding.
Fans attending the SEC Tournament buy tickets for sessions instead of individual games, so make sure to check this page to find what session your team is playing in. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for SEC Basketball Tournament tickets.
2017 SEC Basketball Tournament Preview
The 2016 SEC Basketball Tournament is set to tip off on March 9th, with the final scheduled for March 13. Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena will host the tournament for a second straight year, with 14 teams vying for the SEC crown. Kentucky has been in the finals of the SEC Basketball Tournament in 5 of the last 6 years, bringing 3 tournament titles back to Lexington. The Wildcats will once again be the team to beat in this years SEC Tournament, but will see tough competition from Texas A&M and South Carolina. LSU may have the nation’s top player in Ben Simmons, and the Tigers will look to ride his stellar play to an SEC title. The 2016 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament is set to be as star studded as ever.
Check out our SEC Basketball Tournament Preview History page for previews of previous SEC Basketball Tournaments.
SEC Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena Address: 501 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203
The SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament is held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. It pits every team in the SEC against each other in a bracket-style tournament, with the winner getting an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Teams are seeded from #1 to #14, with the top two seeds not playing until the quarterfinals.
Both first round games on Wednesday. The session includes #11 vs. #14 and #12 vs. #13.
Early games on Thursday. The session includes #8 vs. #9 and #5 vs. a first-round winner.
Night games on Thursday. The session includes #7 vs. #10 and #6 vs. a first-round winner.
Early games on Friday, the first two games of the quarterfinals. Includes the first game of the tournament for the #1 and #4 seed.
Night games on Friday, the last two quarterfinal games. Includes the first games of the tournament for the #2 and #3 seeds.
Admission to both semi-finals games, played on Saturday.
Admission to the SEC Championship game, played early Sunday afternoon.
SEC Basketball Tournament Event Guide
What is the best time to buy tickets for the SEC Tournament?
If you’re just going as a spectator and not a fan of any specific team, buy as early as possible. If you want to see your team, wait until you know what seed they are and then jump on tickets for that session!
Where can I find the SEC tournament schedule?
The 2016 SEC tournament schedule is listed as soon as it is made available by the tournament, and TicketCity has all the dates and times posted above for all sessions. The tournament is split up into sessions, with each session containing two games except for the last one, which is just the championship game. The gates usually open one hour before the first game of every session. The SEC tournament is in Nashville, TN., and runs from March 9-13th at the Bridgestone Arena.
Can I buy tickets for just the SEC Tournament game that my team is playing in?
For this tournament, tickets are only sold as sessions and therefore you are buying a pass to two games (unless it’s the final).
What teams have won the SEC Basketball Tournament?
The SEC Basketball Tournament is the oldest of the power 5 conference basketball tournaments, dating back to 1933. Through the years, the Kentucky Wildcats have dominated the compeition, winning more than twice as many SEC Tournament Titles as any other school. For a complete look at former SEC Men's Basketball Touranment winners, visit out SEC Basketball Tournament Champions page.