The SEC’s top four teams will meet in the tournament semifinals on Saturday.
Top-seeded Alabama takes on No. 4 seed Tennessee in the first game of the day at 1 p.m. ET. The Crimson Tide defeated the Volunteers 71-63 on Jan. 2 in their only regular season matchup. The Athletic’s Brian Bennett projects Alabama as a two-seed and Tennessee as a six-seed in the NCAA Tournament ahead of Selection Sunday.
Tennessee beat Florida 78-66 in the second quarterfinal of the SEC tournament thanks to a 14-4 run in the first half and never gave up the lead after that. Florida lost despite a game-high 30 points from Tre Mann. Yves Pons led the Volunteers with 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Crimson Tide blew out No. 9 Mississippi State 85-48 in the first quarterfinal matchup Friday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Jahvon Quinerly led the Crimson Tide with 14 points. Jaden Shackleford added another 13 points in the winning effort.
Arkansas did not have its best game in the quarterfinals Friday evening, but it was enough to get into Saturday’s semis, where it’ll face LSU at 3:30 p.m. ET. The second-seeded Razorbacks beat No. 7 Missouri 70-64. JD Notae came off the bench and lit the Tigers up for a season-high 27 points, including four 3-pointers on seven attempts. Arkansas needed it with star freshman Moses Moody struggling to score (5 points).
Then No. 3 LSU held on against No. 6 Ole Miss, winning 76-73 in a game the Rebels really need to have in order to feel good about their NCAA Tournament chances heading into Sunday. The Tigers got 24 points from Trendon Watford and 20 (with 12 boards) from Darius Days.
The SEC tournament, being played at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, will conclude on Sunday with the championship game. The tournament champion will secure an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Auburn announced a self-imposed, one-year postseason ban due to former assistant coach Chuck Person’s involvement in the 2017–18 men’s basketball corruption scandal. As a result, the No. 11 seed in the tournament will be awarded a first-round bye, leaving the game between the 12th and 13th seeds as the only game to be played on Wednesday. Teams were seeded by conference record, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with identical conference records.
Here’s a look at the schedule and seeding for the tournament, complete with tip-off times and television information. This post will be updated with results.
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Brian Bennett’s pick
Arkansas (7-2). Eric Musselman’s team won its final 11 SEC games, including a 15-point home victory over Alabama. Plus, the second-seeded Razorbacks are on the other side of the bracket from Alabama, Tennessee and Florida; they match up well with LSU and Missouri.
Locks: Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU, Florida, Missouri
Waiting game: Ole Miss
Note: All times Eastern
First round – Wednesday, March 10
Game 1: No. 12 Vanderbilt def. No. 13 Texas A&M, 79-68
Second round – Thursday, March 11
Game 2: No. 9 Mississippi State def. No. 8 Kentucky 74-73
Game 3: No. 5 Florida def. No. 12 Vanderbilt 69-63
Game 4: No. 7 Missouri def. No. 10 Georgia, 73-70
Game 5: No. 6 Ole Miss def. No. 11 South Carolina, 76-59
Quarterfinals – Friday, March 12
Game 6: No. 1 Alabama def. No. 9 Mississippi State, 85-48
Game 7: No. 4 Tennessee def. No. 5 Florida, 78-66
Game 8: No. 2 Arkansas def. No. 7 Missouri, 70-64
Game 9: No. 3 LSU def. No. 6 Ole Miss, 76-73
Semifinals – Saturday, March 13
Game 10: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Tennessee, 1 p.m. on ESPN
Game 11: No. 2 Arkansas vs. No. 3 LSU, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN
SEC championship – Sunday, March 14
Game 12: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 1 p.m. on ESPN
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