NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Southeastern Conference (SEC) Men’s Basketball Tournament will start tonight at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
It’s a hot ticket, so if you can’t make it in person, the SEC Network will carry tonight’s first two games of the tournament and more over the course of the next few days before the semifinals and finals transition to ESPN.
The 2023 tourney has a few twists this year as there are several teams on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament.
One of those teams is the Auburn Tigers, and they face another bubble team in the first round in the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Vanderbilt has really been the most consistent winning team over the last three weeks. That’s a big reason why Jerry Stackhouse garnered Co-SEC Coach of the Year along with Texas A&M’s Buzz Williams. However, the Commodores are still on the outside looking in with regards to the Big Dance.
Florida probably has to win the tournament to keep their season alive. Mississippi State also needs to get a couple of wins to be happy on Selection Sunday. They play each other in the 8-9 matchup.
The most inconsistent team of the SEC that can really boost their seeding in the big dance is “Ole Blue”. The Kentucky Wildcats, who were ready to fire their legendary coach John Calipari earlier in the season, are now healthy and playing their best basketball. They may be poised to cut down the nets again.
That leaves the top two seeds.
Texas A&M, believe it or not, is still somewhat of a bubble team and has something to prove to the selection folks.
And, of course, you have to mention the regular season champion, the Alabama Crimson Tide. With unanimous selection of player of the year, Brandon Miller, the Tide could snatch an overall number one seed in the big show by winning this tournament.
Here is how the bracket shakes out!