The major conference tournaments tip off this week, including the Big 12, Big East, ACC and SEC tilts. Many of the mid-major circuses have been ongoing, though, with a handful of conference tournament winners already punching their tickets to the NCAA Tournament.
Wouldn't you know it but that Texas A&M won the regular season SEC title this year. That the Aggies did so before nabbing an SEC football title speaks volumes about whatever the hell Kevin Sumlin is up to in College Station. Kentucky, having lost seven players from last year's juggernaut to the pro ranks, played at times disorganized basketball, and it wasn't until late that John Calipari finally figured out how Skal Labissiere fit into the offense (his mid-range jumper actually works, and he just didn't function right in the low post).
With the Wildcats and Aggies the presumptive favorites, then, everybody but Missouri heads to Nashville for five days of #SECBasketball fever in Bridgestone Arena. Will South Carolina make a run at the top two? Maybe! Will Ben Simmons play in a conference championship? Hell no. Should Auburn and Tennessee even bother to show up? LOL.
No. 1 A&M and No. 2 Kentucky sit on opposite sides of the bracket, as do No. 4 LSU and No. 3 South Carolina. Those four already comprise half of the quarterfinals round. No. 12 Tennessee and No. 13 Auburn have a play-in date Wednesday night for a shot at No. 5 Vanderbilt Thursday. Ole Miss meets Alabama again for the opportunity to upset Kentucky Friday. Check back here throughout the tournament for all your scores and scheduling updates as they happen.
Schedule and results (all times Central)
Wednesday, March 9 (first round)
Game 1: Tennessee 97, Auburn 59
Thursday, March 10 (second round)
Friday, March 11 (quarterfinals)
Saturday, March 12 (semifinals)
Sunday, March 13 (championship)
Game 12: Kentucky 82, Texas A&M 77 (OT)