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.
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2018 SEC Basketball Tournament Preview
The 2017 SEC Basketball Tournament is set to tip-off on March 8th, with the final scheduled for March 12th. Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena will host the tournament for a third straight year, with 14 teams vying for the SEC crown. Kentucky has been in the finals of the SEC Basketball Tournament in 6 of the last 7 years, bringing 4 tournament titles back to Lexington. The Wildcats will once again be the team to beat in this year’s SEC Tournament but will see tough competition from South Carolina and Florida. Kentucky may have the nation’s top player in Bam Adebayo, and the Wildcats will look to ride his stellar play to a SEC title. Other top contenders for the 2017 SEC Tournament crown will be Alabama, Auburn and Texas A&M.
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.
2016 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.
2015 SEC Basketball Tournament Preview
The 2015 SEC Basketball Tournament is keeping it in the south but heading west to Nashville, Tennessee to host 5 days of basketball at the Bridgestone Arena. The tournament gets started on March 11, 2015 with the SEC Tournament Championship Game being played on March 15th. The 2015 SEC Basketball Tournament features all the top talent in the SEC. The Kentucky Wildcats will look to avenge their loss in the 2014 SEC Basketball Tournament final, but will face steep competition from strong Arkansas, Florida, and LSU squads.
2014 SEC Basketball Tournament Preview
Some of the top teams in the SEC this year will be Mizzou, Florida and Kentucky. While Kentucky is the national powerhouse, Florida has won two national titles recently and Mizzou has become a solid all-around team even before its move to the SEC from the Big 12. There’s no clear-cut favorite in the SEC this season, so any team could make it all the way through the tournament in Atlanta. In last year’s tournament, Ole Miss beat Florida in the SEC Tournament Championship Game.
2013 SEC Basketball Tournament Preview
The big story in 2013 for the SEC came when Kentucky's star Nerlens Noel went down with a torn ACL giving the Gators full control in the conference. The Wildcats found themselves down but not out as they were able to maintain a second place position behind the Gators. Though the Gators are favored in this year's tournament the conference offers quite a bit of competition in Missouri, Ole Miss, Alabama, and the always tournament strong Wildcats.
While last year's tournament winner, Vanderbilt, will have a much longer fight without any byes, Ole Miss should be able to skip out on the first two rounds in this year's tournament. Though the top seeds are of a different mixture this year you can never count out teams like LSU and Tennessee who are highly experienced in the tournaments atmosphere. There will be crowds of cheering fans at the 2013 SEC Tournament rattling every corner of the Bridgestone Arena as the demand for tickets has never been higher.
2012 SEC Basketball Tournament Preview
The two big story lines for the 2012 SEC tournament are Kentucky and the Big Easy. The Kentucky Wildcats should be heavily favored to win a 3rd straight SEC Basketball tournament title. Florida, Vanderbilt and Alabama should provide the biggest obstacles for the Cats. New Orleans will be the other thing that everyone is talking about, as they host the SEC basketball tournament for the first time. SEC fans far and wide will be make the pilgrimage to New Orleans to watch their teams and enjoy the nightlife on Bourbon Street. There will be huge crowds for the 2012 SEC tournament and demand for tickets has never been higher.
2010 SEC Basketball Tournament Preview
The 2010 SEC Men's basketball tournament will be played from March 11th to 14th at the Bridgestone Arena (formerly Sommet Center) in Nashville, Tennessee. 2010 marks a return of the SEC Tournament to the Bridgestone Arena, which previously played there in 2001 and 2006 when it was the Gaylord Entertainment Center. The 2010 SEC Tournament should be a big ticket because there are 3 nearby SEC schools with top basketball teams in 2010; the Kentucky Wildcats, Tennessee Volunteers and Vanderbilt Commodores. The Wildcats will be playing in their first SEC Tournament with new head coach John Calipari, but Kentucky is no stranger to this tournament. The Cats have won the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament 25 times in the history of their program, that is tops among all SEC schools.