SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

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SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
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SEC logo
Sport College basketball
Conference Southeastern Conference
Number of teams 14
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Rotates (Georgia Dome in 2014)
Current location Rotates (Atlanta, GA in 2014)
Played 1933–34, 1936–1952, 1979–present
Last contest 2013 SEC Tournament
Current champion Florida Gators
Most championships Kentucky Wildcats (27)
TV partner(s) ESPN/SEC Network/ABC
Official website SECSports.com Men's Basketball

The SEC Men's Basketball Tournament (sometimes known simply as the SEC Tournament) is the conference tournament in basketball for the Southeastern Conference (SEC). It is a single-elimination tournament that involves all league schools (currently 14). Its seeding is based on regular season records. The winner receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament, however the official conference championship is awarded to the team or teams with the best regular season record.[1]

Format[edit]

With the abandonment of divisions in SEC men's basketball starting in 2011–12, the top four teams in the conference standings received first-round byes.[2] Bracketing was identical to that of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament—note that SEC women's basketball has long been organized in a single league table without divisions.

Since the SEC expanded to 14 teams with the arrival of Missouri and Texas A&M in 2012, the 2013 tournament was the first with a new format. Both men's and women's tournaments have the four bottom seeds (#11 throughout #14) playing opening-round games, with the top four seeds receiving a "double-bye" into the quarterfinals.

Before 2012, the top two teams in both the Eastern and Western Divisions received byes in the first round, while #3 in the East played #6 from the West, #4 played #5, etc. The brackets were set up so that #2 would play the winner of the game involving #3 from the other division, and #1 would play the winner of the game involving #4 from the other division. Barring an upset, the semi-finals would pit #1 from one division against #2 from the other division, and the championship game would feature the regular season winners of the two divisions, although this rarely happened in practice.

History[edit]

Throughout its history, the SEC Championship basketball game held at various sites, including the Georgia Dome, Louisiana Superdome, Bridgestone Arena, the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, the Pyramid, Rupp Arena, Louisville Gardens and (in an emergency relocation) Alexander Memorial Coliseum at Georgia Tech.

From 1933-50, the SEC Champion was determined by a tournament, except for 1935. Beginning in 1951, a round-robin schedule was introduced and the SEC title was awarded to the team with the highest in-conference winning percentage. From 1951-64, the round-robin consisted of 14 games. In 1965 and 1966, it was expanded to 16 games. From 1967-91, the round-robin schedule was 18 games. In 1992, the SEC split into an Eastern and Western Division but continued to recognize an SEC Champion based on a winning percentage over the new 16-game conference schedule. The league also began awarding division championships. In 1979, the tournament was renewed with the winner receiving the SEC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament,[3] but the official league champion remained the team(s) with the best regular season record.

In 2000, the Arkansas Razorbacks became the first team since the league expansion in 1992 to win the conference tournament by playing all four days, beating Georgia, Kentucky, LSU and Auburn to receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Basketball Championships. Since then, the feat has been accomplished twice, first in 2008 by Georgia. In 2009, Mississippi State repeated that feat, defeating Georgia, South Carolina, LSU and Tennessee to receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Basketball Championships.

The first seven games of the 2008 Men's Tournament were played at the Georgia Dome. During overtime of Game 7 between Mississippi State and Alabama, a tornado struck the downtown Atlanta area, damaging the Georgia Dome and several buildings surrounding it, including CNN Center. MSU and Alabama returned after a 64-minute delay to finish their game, but the last quarterfinal game of the day, between Georgia and Kentucky, was postponed until the next day, and the remaining four games of the tournament were moved to Alexander Memorial Coliseum at Georgia Tech. Only credentialed individuals were allowed to attend, including players' families, bands, cheerleaders, and media. No other spectators were allowed in the building.

Television coverage[edit]

Champions[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up MVP Venue
1933 Kentucky 46–27 Mississippi State None Atlanta Athletic Club (Atlanta, GA)
1934 Alabama 41–25 Florida None Atlanta Athletic Club (Atlanta, GA)
1936 Tennessee 41–25 Alabama None Alumni Memorial Gym (Knoxville, TN)
1937 Kentucky 39–25 Tennessee None Alumni Memorial Gym (Knoxville, TN)
1938 Georgia Tech 58–47 Mississippi None Huey Long Field House (Baton Rouge, LA)
1939 Kentucky 46–38 Tennessee None Alumni Memorial Gym (Knoxville, TN)
1940 Kentucky 51–43 Georgia None Alumni Memorial Gym (Knoxville, TN)
1941 Tennessee 36–33 Kentucky None Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
1942 Kentucky 36–34 Alabama None Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
1943 Tennessee 33–30 Kentucky None Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
1944 Kentucky 62–46 Tulane None Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
1945 Kentucky 39–35 Tennessee None Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
1946 Kentucky 59–36 LSU None Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
1947 Kentucky 55–38 Tulane None Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
1948 Kentucky 54–43 Georgia Tech None Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
1949 Kentucky 68–52 Tulane None Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
1950 Kentucky 95–58 Tennessee None Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
1951 Vanderbilt 61–57 Kentucky None Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
1952 Kentucky 44–43 LSU None Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
1979 Tennessee 75–69OT Kentucky Kyle Macy, UK Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (Birmingham, AL)
1980 LSU 80–78 Kentucky DeWayne Scales, LSU Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (Birmingham, AL)
1981 Mississippi 66–62 Georgia Dominique Wilkins, UGA Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (Birmingham, AL)
1982 Alabama 48–46 Kentucky Dirk Minniefield, UK Rupp Arena (Lexington, KY)
1983 Georgia 86–71 Alabama Vern Fleming, UGA Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (Birmingham, AL)
1984 Kentucky 51–49 Auburn Charles Barkley, AU Memorial Gymnasium (Nashville, TN)
1985 Auburn 53–49OT Alabama Chuck Person, AU Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (Birmingham, AL)
1986 Kentucky 83–72 Alabama John Williams, LSU Rupp Arena (Lexington, KY)
1987 Alabama 69–62 LSU Derrick McKey, UA Omni Coliseum (Atlanta, GA)
1988 Kentucky[4] 62–57 Georgia Rex Chapman, UK Pete Maravich Assembly Center (Baton Rouge, LA)
1989 Alabama 72–60 Florida Livingston Chatman, UF Thompson-Boling Arena (Knoxville, TN)
1990 Alabama 70–51 Mississippi Melvin Cheatum, UA Orlando Arena (Orlando, FL)
1991 Alabama 88–69 Tennessee Allan Houston, UT Memorial Gymnasium (Nashville, TN)
1992 Kentucky 80–54 Alabama Jamal Mashburn, UK Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (Birmingham, AL)
1993 Kentucky 82–65 LSU Travis Ford, UK Rupp Arena (Lexington, KY)
1994 Kentucky 73–60 Florida Travis Ford, UK The Pyramid (Memphis, TN)
1995 Kentucky 95–93OT Arkansas Antoine Walker, UK Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
1996 Mississippi State 84–73 Kentucky Dontae' Jones, MSU Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)
1997 Kentucky 95–68 Georgia Ron Mercer, UK The Pyramid (Memphis, TN)
1998 Kentucky 86–56 South Carolina Wayne Turner, UK Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
1999 Kentucky 76–63 Arkansas Scott Padgett, UK Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
2000 Arkansas 75–67 Auburn Brandon Dean, ARK Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
2001 Kentucky 77–55 Mississippi Tayshaun Prince, UK Gaylord Entertainment Center (Nashville, TN)
2002 Mississippi State 61–58 Alabama Mario Austin, MSU Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
2003 Kentucky 64–57 Mississippi State Keith Bogans, UK Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)
2004 Kentucky 89–73 Florida Gerald Fitch, UK Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
2005 Florida 70–53 Kentucky Matt Walsh, UF Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
2006 Florida 49–47 South Carolina Taurean Green, UF Gaylord Entertainment Center (Nashville, TN)
2007 Florida 77–56 Arkansas Al Horford, UF Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
2008 Georgia 66–57 Arkansas Sundiata Gaines, UGA Georgia Dome/Alexander Memorial Coliseum[5][6] (Atlanta, GA)
2009 Mississippi State 64–61 Tennessee Jarvis Varnado, MSU St. Pete Times Forum (Tampa, FL)
2010 Kentucky 75–74OT Mississippi State John Wall, UK Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
2011 Kentucky 70–54 Florida Darius Miller, UK Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
2012 Vanderbilt 71–64 Kentucky John Jenkins, VU New Orleans Arena (New Orleans, LA)
2013 Mississippi 66–63 Florida Marshall Henderson, UM Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
2014 Florida 61–60 Kentucky Scottie Wilbekin, UF Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
2015 Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
2016 Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
2017 Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
2018 Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO) or
Tampa Bay Times Forum (Tampa, FL)
2019 Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
2020 Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
2021 Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
2022 Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO) or
Tampa Bay Times Forum (Tampa, FL)
2023 Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
2024 Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)
2025 Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN)

Notes[edit]

Note A:No tournament was held in 1935
Note B:No tournament was held from 1953-1978.
Note C: No MVP Selection Made from 1933-1952.

Tournament championships by school[edit]

School # of Tournament Championships Last Tournament Championship
Kentucky 27 2011
Alabama 6 1991
Florida 4 2014
Tennessee 4 1979
Mississippi State 3 2009
Mississippi 2 2013
Vanderbilt 2 2012
Georgia 2 2008
Arkansas 1 2000
Auburn 1 1985
LSU 1 1980
Georgia Tech 1 1938
Missouri 0 -
South Carolina 0 -
Texas A&M 0 -
  • Former member of the SEC
  • Kentucky defeated Georgia in the 1988 SEC Tournament final, but the tournament title was vacated later because of NCAA violations.[7]

Venues[edit]

Venue City State Appearances Last Years Notes
Louisville Gardens Louisville Kentucky 12 1952 1941–52
Georgia Dome Atlanta Georgia 11 2011 1995, 1998–2000, 2002, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2011, 2014 (a)
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex Birmingham Alabama 6 1992 1979–81, 1983, 1985, 1992
Bridgestone Arena Nashville Tennessee 4 2013 2001, 2006, 2010, 2013 (b)
Alumni Memorial Gym Knoxville Tennessee 4 1940 1936–37, 1939–40
Rupp Arena Lexington Kentucky 3 1993 1982, 1986, 1993
Atlanta Athletic Club Atlanta Georgia 2 1934 1933–34
Memorial Gymnasium Nashville Tennessee 2 1991 1984, 1991
Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans Louisiana 2 2003 1996, 2003 (c)
The Pyramid Memphis Tennessee 2 1997 1994, 1997
Alexander Memorial Coliseum Atlanta Georgia 1 2008 2008 (a)
Huey Long Field House Baton Rouge Louisiana 1 1938 1938
New Orleans Arena New Orleans Louisiana 1 2012 2012
Orlando Arena Orlando Florida 1 1990 1990
Pete Maravich Assembly Center Baton Rouge Louisiana 1 1988 1988
St. Pete Times Forum Tampa Florida 1 2009 2009 (d)
Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville Tennessee 1 1989 1989

Notes[edit]

(a): The Georgia Dome hosted the 2008 SEC Tournament, but became uninhabitable after a tornado in downtown Atlanta. The Semifinals and Finals were played at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum (now Hank McCamish Pavilion).
(b): Bridgestone Arena was previously known as the Gaylord Entertainment Center. It was also previously known as Sommet Center and Nashville Arena, but never hosted an SEC Tournament under either name.
(c): Mercedes-Benz Superdome was previously known as the Louisiana Superdome
(d): The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL, is now known as the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Through the Years: SEC Champions" (PDF). 2012–13 SEC Men's Basketball Media Guide. Southeastern Conference. p. 67. Retrieved May 16, 2013. "Since 1951, when the round-robin schedule was introduced, the title has been decided by a winning percentage on the conference schedule." 
  2. ^ "Destin Recap: Day Two" (Press release). Southeastern Conference. June 1, 2011. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ SEC Men's Basketball Tournament History
  4. ^ Unofficial Result. Kentucky defeated Georgia in the tournament final, but the championship was vacated later because of NCAA violations.
  5. ^ 2008 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament#Game delays and relocation
  6. ^ Because of a tornado that struck the Atlanta area, the Georgia Dome was declared unsafe to finish the tournament midway through Friday's session. The fourth quarterfinal, semifinals, and final were moved to Alexander Memorial Coliseum with only a few hundred spectators permitted at each game. See main article "2008 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament." "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_SEC_Men%27s_Basketball_Tournament#2008_SEC_Tournament"
  7. ^ Kentucky defeated Georgia in the 1988 SEC Tournament final, but the tournament title was vacated later because of NCAA violations.