SEC Tournament Schedule, Predictions

SEC Tournament schedule, predictions and overview as the conference tourney heads back up to Nashville.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. John Calipari recruits his brains out, pulls in one of the nation’s top classes, has the team gel throughout a long season and guides Kentucky into the SEC Tournament as the conference’s No. 1 team. Yup, different year, same story for the Southeastern Conference, as some plucky squads will seek to upend the establishment in Nashville.

Below is the SEC Tournament schedule, as well as some predictions for the event.

SEC Tournament Schedule

Wednesday, March 8

#12 Mississippi State vs. #13 LSU – 6:00 p.m.
#11 Auburn vs. #14 Missouri – 8:30 p.m.

Second round – Thursday, March 9

#8 Georgia vs. #9 Tennessee – 12:00 p.m.
#5 Alabama vs. Winner of game 1 – 2:30 p.m.
#7 Vanderbilt vs. #10 Texas A&M – 6:00 p.m.
#6 Ole Miss vs. Winner of game 2 – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 10 (Quarterfinals)

#1 Kentucky vs. Winner of game 3 – 12:00 p.m.
#4 South Carolina vs. Winner of game 4 – 2:30 p.m.
#2 Florida vs. Winner of game 5 – 6:00 p.m.
#3 Arkansas vs. Winner of game 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 11 (Semifinals)

Winner of game 7 vs Winner of game 8 – 12:00 p.m.
Winner of game 9 vs Winner of game 10 – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 12 (Finals)

Winner of game 11 vs Winner of game 12 – 12:00 p.m.

SEC Tournament Predictions

If there’s any team that can fell Kentucky, it’s Florida. The Gators are battle-tested – having played the likes of Duke, FSU and Gonzaga – and split the season series with the Wildcats (stomping a mud hole in the ‘Cats during their first matchup, a 22-point Florida victory). A problem for Florida lies in its first game, where Vanderbilt potentially looms. Bryce Drew’s Commodores have had the Gators number this year, having swept the Boys From Old Florida (albeit in two tightly-contested games, and by a combined four points), and Bridgestone Arena will no doubt be rocking for the hometown team.

Kentucky has been unstoppable since the aforementioned thumping at the hands of Florida. Malik Monk has come on like gangbusters late in the season, and is playing like the 5-star talent Coach Cal expected. Georgia might pose a bit of a problem for the Wildcats if it can get past Tennessee.

Ultimately, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey will keep his fingers crossed for a Kentucky-Florida matchup and he’ll get his wish. Kentucky, playing for a No. 2 seed, will keep Florida at arm’s length and enter March Madness as one of the nation’s most dangerous teams.

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