SEC Tournament Primer: Dates, Site, TV Info, Tickets, History, and Current Tourney Outlook

The regular season has ended and the standings and seeds are final. Click to see the bracket and TV schedule for the 2012 SEC Tournament.

The SEC Tournament starts on March 8th in New Orleans, and the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats will be looking to make what they hope to be their first of two trips to the Big Easy.

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Tournament Site: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA

Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:

  • First Round: Thursday, March 8th at 1:00, 3:30, 7:30, and 10:00 (SEC Network)
  • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 9th at 1:00, 3:30, 7:30, and 10:00 (SEC Network)
  • Semifinals: Saturday, March 10th at 1:00 and 3:30 (ABC)
  • Championship: Sunday, March 11th at 1:00 (ABC)

Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top four seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Friday, March 9th.  Despite the fact that teams still played schedules according to the “old” divisional setup, seeding will done strictly according to conference record.

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SEC Tournament Outlook

Kentucky is a Christian Watford shot away from being unbeaten this season, and they currently have a three-game lead over Florida in the race for the regular season crown.  The Wildcats are as talented and balanced as any team in the country with six players scoring at least 9.6 points per game.  Freshman phenom Anthony Davis (13.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 4.8 bpg, 64.6 FG%) has worked his way into the National Player of the Year discussion, and his ability to impact the game defensively is unparalleled.  Fellow freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (12.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg) is a do-it-all competitor who is as tough as they come, and sophomores Doron Lamb (13.7 ppg, 48.7 3P%) and Terrence Jones (12.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.9 bpg) provide additional scoring punch.  The Cats have rarely been challenged in league play, and they are the clearcut favorite to win this event.

Second-place Florida has five double-digit scorers of their own, led by Kenny Boynton (17.6 ppg, 44.2 3P%) and freshman Brad Beal (14.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg).  The Gators have a glut of talented guards and are hitting exactly 40 percent from beyond the arc this season.  They do have a talented big man in sophomore Patric Young (10.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 61.9 FG%), but the team often struggles to get him involved.  The recent injury to Will Yeguette really hurts a team that had limited frontcourt depth to begin with, but that would be a huge issue if they face Kentucky in the tournament.

After starting the season in the Top 10, Vanderbilt has seen its share of ups and downs, but the Commodores have a very potent offense.  They rely heavily on five players to do the bulk of the scoring, led by sharpshooter John Jenkins (20.1 ppg, 46.1 3P%).  Forward Jeffery Taylor (17.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 46.5 3P%) has had a solid senior season, and big man Festus Ezeli (10.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.2 bpg) has played better of late after missing time earlier in the season with a knee injury.  A potential Semifinal matchup between the Commodores and Gators would definitely be entertaining.

A number of other teams may well be playing for their post-season lives in the SEC Tournament.  As it stands, Alabama and Mississippi State seem to be the other squads most likely to go dancing, but LSU may also have a shot depending on how they close out the regular season.

This tournament certainly looks like Kentucky’s to lose based on how well they have played this season.  The fact that they may be also playing for the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament gives them added incentive, but the outside shooting of Florida and Vanderbilt could be an equalizer in a tight game.

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament History: Champions and MVPs

Year SEC Tournament Champion Site SEC Tournament MVP
1933 Kentucky Wildcats Atlanta, GA  
1934 Alabama Crimson Tide Atlanta, GA  
  No Tournament    
1936 Tennessee Volunteers Knoxville, TN  
1937 Kentucky Wildcats Knoxville, TN*  
1938 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Baton Rouge, LA  
1939 Kentucky Wildcats Knoxville, TN  
1940 Kentucky Wildcats Knoxville, TN  
1941 Tennessee Volunteers Louisville, KY  
1942 Kentucky Wildcats Louisville, KY  
1943 Tennessee Volunteers Louisville, KY  
1944 Kentucky Wildcats Louisville, KY  
1945 Kentucky Wildcats Louisville, KY  
1946 Kentucky Wildcats Louisville, KY  
1947 Kentucky Wildcats Louisville, KY  
1948 Kentucky Wildcats Louisville, KY  
1949 Kentucky Wildcats Louisville, KY  
1950 Kentucky Wildcats Louisville, KY  
1951 Vanderbilt Commodores Louisville, KY  
1952 Kentucky Wildcats Louisville, KY  
1953-78 No Tournament    
1979 Tennessee Volunteers Birmingham, AL Kyle Macy, Kentucky
1980 LSU Tigers Birmingham, AL DeWayne Scales, LSU
1981 Ole Miss Rebels Birmingham, AL Dominique Wilkins, Georgia
1982 Alabama Crimson Tide Lexington, KY Dirk Minniefield, Kentucky
1983 Georgia Bulldogs Birmingham, AL Vern Fleming, Georgia
1984 Kentucky Wildcats Nashville, TN Charles Barkely, Auburn
1985 Auburn Tigers Birmingham, AL Chuck Person, Auburn
1986 Kentucky Wildcats Lexington, KY John Williams, LSU
1987 Alabama Crimson Tide Atlanta, GA Derrick McKey, Alabama
1988 Kentucky Wildcats* Baton Rouge, LA Rex Chapman, Kentucky
1989 Alabama Crimson Tide Knoxville, TN Livingston Chatman, Florida
1990 Alabama Crimson Tide Orlando, FL Melvin Cheatum, Alabama
1991 Alabama Crimson Tide Nashville, TN Allan Houston, Tennessee
1992 Kentucky Wildcats Birmingham, AL Jamal Mashburn, Kentucky
1993 Kentucky Wildcats Lexington, KY Travis Ford, Kentucky
1994 Kentucky Wildcats Memphis, TN Travis Ford, Kentucky
1995 Kentucky Wildcats Atlanta, GA Antoine Walker, Kentucky
1996 Mississippi State Bulldogs New Orleans, LA Dontae' Jones, Mississippi State
1997 Kentucky Wildcats Memphis, TN Ron Mercer, Kentucky
1998 Kentucky Wildcats Atlanta, GA Wayne Turner, Kentucky
1999 Kentucky Wildcats Atlanta, GA Scott Padgett, Kentucky
2000 Arkansas Razorbacks Atlanta, GA Brandon Dean, Arkansas
2001 Kentucky Wildcats Nashville, TN Tayshaun Price, Kentucky
2002 Mississippi State Bulldogs Atlanta, GA Mario Austin, Mississippi State
2003 Kentucky Wildcats New Orleans, LA Keith Bogans, Kentucky
2004 Kentucky Wildcats Atlanta, GA Gerald Fitch, Kentucky
2005 Florida Gators Atlanta, GA Matt Walsh, Florida
2006 Florida Gators Nashville, TN Taurean Green, Florida
2007 Florida Gators Atlanta, GA Al Horford, Florida
2008 Georgia Bulldogs Atlanta, GA Sundiata Gaines, Georgia
2009 Mississippi State Bulldogs St. Pete, FL Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State
2010 Kentucky Wildcats Nashville, TN John Wall, Kentucky
2011 Kentucky Wildcast Atlanta, GA Darius Miller, Kentucky
2012      
  * - Later vacated after Eddie Sutton scandal   Note: The MVP award was not awarded until 1979

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About Andy Bottoms

While Andy was born and raised in Indiana, he would like to point out that he grew up shooting hoops in his driveway and not against the side of a barn like you see in all the March Madness promos or in the middle of a field like Jimmy Chitwood. Andy ranks among the top bracketologists according to the Bracket Matrix and has provided his projections to Fox Sports for the past three seasons. When not compiling excuses for missing work during the NCAA Tournament, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud IU graduate and co-hosts The Assembly Call postgame show following every IU game. Twitter: @AndyBottoms

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