The 2018 installment of the SEC basketball tournament kicks off Wednesday night in St. Louis, Mo., a decidedly peculiar location to host the decisive basketball tournament for the Southeastern Conference. Whatever.
The SEC has emerged as one of the premier conferences in college basketball this season, which is remarkable given perennial power Kentucky’s struggles down the stretch. Last season’s Final Four club Florida remains strong with a No. 3 tournament seed, and Auburn and Tennessee have ascended, but the Wildcats have waned following the exodus of a number of standouts from last year’s club for the NBA. South Carolina is also struggling after losing a number of important pieces, and the Gamecocks will match up with Ole Miss in the first round.
Ole Miss of course enters the tournament having finished dead last in the regular season conference standings, and further following the sudden departure of longtime head coach Andy Kennedy, who announced his impending resignation at season’s end last month then up and walked out of the room a week later. Bovada this week released their betting lines for who will win the SEC tilt, and Ole Miss has 250/1 odds to win this thing.
Format and Bracket
The SEC’s 14 membered clubs are seeded into a two-pronged bracket with the top 10 teams receiving first or second round byes. Single elimination, lose and mercifully go home.
We’ll update this post throughout the week as the tournament progresses.
Round 1: Wednesday, March 7
Game 1: No. 12 Georgia 78, No. 13 Vanderbilt 62
Game 2: No. 11 South Carolina 85, No. 14 Ole Miss 84
Round 2: Thursday, March 8
Game 3: No. 8 Texas A&M 70, No. 9 Alabama 71
Game 4: No. 5 Missouri 60, No. 12 Georgia 62
Game 5: No. 7 Mississippi State 80, No. 10 LSU 77
Game 6: No. 6 Arkansas 69, No. 11 South Carolina 64
Quarterfinals: Friday, March 9
Game 7: No. 1 Auburn 63, No. 9 Alabama 81
Game 8: No. 4 Kentucky 62, No. 12 Georgia 49
Game 9: No. 2 Tennessee 62, No. 7 Mississippi State 59
Game 10: No. 3 Florida 72, No. 6 Arkansas 80
Semifinals: Saturday March 10
Game 11: No. 4 seed Kentucky 86, No. 9 seed Alabama 63
Game 12: No. 2 seed Tennessee 84, No. 6 seed Arkansas 66
Championship: Sunday, March 11
Game 13: No. 4 seed Kentucky 77, No. 2 seed Tennessee 72