1998 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

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1998 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
Classification Division I
Season 1997–98
Site Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Georgia
Champions Kentucky (21st title)
Winning coach Tubby Smith (1st title)
MVP Wayne Turner (Kentucky)
Television Jefferson Pilot Sports (First and Second Rounds, and semifinals)
CBS (Championship Game)
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The 1998 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament took place from March 5 to March 8, 1998, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Georgia Dome. Kentucky won the tournament and received the SEC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by beating the South Carolina Gamecocks on March 8, 1998.

Television coverage[edit]

Tournament coverage in the first and second rounds, and the semi-finals were provided by Jefferson Pilot Sports, who at the time was in its 11th season with regional syndication rights to the SEC. The championship game, however, was broadcast by CBS Sports.

1998 SEC Tournament[edit]


  First round Second Round Semifinals Championship Game
W4  Mississippi State 76  
E5  Georgia 79  
  W1  Mississippi 72  
    E5  Georgia 67  
  W1  Mississippi 77  
  E2  South Carolina 87  
  E2  South Carolina 71
    E6  Florida 60  
W3  Auburn 64
E6  Florida 68  
  E2  South Carolina 56
  E1  Kentucky 86
E4  Vanderbilt 62  
W5  Alabama 72  
  E1  Kentucky 82
    W5  Alabama 71  
  E1  Kentucky 99
  W2  Arkansas 74  
  W2  Arkansas 102
    E3  Tennessee 96  
E3  Tennessee[3] 73
W6  LSU 62  

Tournament notes[edit]

  • This was Tubby Smith’s first SEC tournament title win as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats.

See also[edit]