2014–15 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season

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2014–15 SEC Men's Basketball Season
Southeastern Conference logo.svg
LeagueNCAA Division I
SportBasketball
Number of teams14
TV partner(s)CBS, ESPN, SEC Network
Regular Season
2015 SEC ChampionKentucky
Season MVPBobby Portis, Arkansas
Tournament
ChampionsKentucky
  Runners-upArkansas
Finals MVPWillie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
Basketball seasons
2014–15 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Kentucky 18 0   1.000     38 1   .974
#21 Arkansas 13 5   .722     27 9   .750
LSU 11 7   .611     22 11   .667
Georgia 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
Texas A&M 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
Ole Miss 11 7   .611     21 13   .618
Vanderbilt 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Alabama 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Florida 8 10   .444     16 17   .485
Tennessee 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
South Carolina 6 12   .333     17 16   .515
Mississippi State 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
Auburn 4 14   .222     15 20   .429
Missouri 3 15   .167     9 23   .281
2015 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014–15 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2014, followed by the start of the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play started in early January 2015 and concluded in March, followed by the 2015 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Pre-season[edit]

Media[1]
1. Kentucky (20)
2. Florida
3. Arkansas
4. LSU
5. Georgia
6. Ole Miss
7. Missouri
8. Auburn
9. Texas A&M
10. Alabama
11. Vanderbilt
12. South Carolina
13. Tennessee
14. Mississippi State

() first place votes

Pre-season All-SEC teams[edit]

Media[1]
Bobby Portis ARKANSAS
Michael Frazier FLORIDA
Aaron Harrison KENTUCKY
Jordan Mickey LSU
Jarvis Summers OLE MISS
  • Coaches select 8 players
  • Players in bold are choices for SEC Player of the Year

Rankings[edit]

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Alabama AP
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Auburn AP
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Florida AP 7 8 18 RV RV RV
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Georgia AP RV RV RV
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Kentucky AP 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
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Missouri AP
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Ole Miss AP RV
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South Carolina AP RV
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Tennessee AP RV
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Texas A&M AP RV RV RV RV RV RV
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Vanderbilt AP
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SEC Regular Season[edit]

Conference Matrix[edit]

This table summarizes the head-to-head results between teams in conference play.

  Alabama Arkansas Auburn Florida Georgia Kentucky LSU Mississippi State Missouri Ole Miss South Carolina Tennessee Texas A&M Vanderbilt
vs. Alabama 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–0
vs. Arkansas 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–1
vs. Auburn 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–0
vs. Florida 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–1
vs. Georgia 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–2
vs. Kentucky 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1
vs. LSU 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–1
vs. Mississippi State 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1
vs. Missouri 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
vs. Ole Miss 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0
vs. South Carolina 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0
vs. Tennessee 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1
vs. Texas A&M 2–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1
vs. Vanderbilt 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–0
Total 8–10 13–5 4–14 8–10 11–7 18–0 11–7 6–12 3–15 11–7 6–12 7–11 11–7 9–9

Postseason[edit]

SEC Tournament[edit]

  First round
Wednesday, March 11
SEC Network
Second round
Thursday, March 12
SEC Network
Quarterfinals
Friday, March 13
SEC Network
Semifinals
Saturday, March 14
ESPN
Championship
Sunday, March 15
ESPN
                                               
8 Florida 69  
9 Alabama 61  
  1 Kentucky 64
  8 Florida 49  
  1 Kentucky 91  
  13 Auburn 67  
12 Mississippi State 68  
13 Auburn 74  
  5 Texas A&M 59  
  13 Auburn 66  
  4 LSU 70
  13 Auburn 73OT  
1 Kentucky 78
2 Arkansas 63
7 Vanderbilt 61  
10 Tennessee 67  
  2 Arkansas 80
  10 Tennessee 72  
  2 Arkansas 60
  3 Georgia 49  
11 South Carolina 63  
14 Missouri 54  
  6 Ole Miss 58  
  11 South Carolina 60  
  3 Georgia 74
  11 South Carolina 62  

NCAA tournament[edit]

Seed Region School First Four 2nd Round 3rd Round Sweet 16 Elite Eight Final Four
1 Midwest Kentucky W, 79–56 vs. #16 Hampton(Louisville) W, 64–51 vs. #8 Cincinnati(Louisville) W, 78–39 vs. #5 West Virginia(Cleveland) W, 68–66 vs. #3 Notre Dame(Cleveland) L, 64–71 vs. #1 Wisconsin(Indianapolis)
5 West Arkansas W, 56–53 vs. #12 Wofford(Jacksonville) L, 78–87 vs. #4 North Carolina(Jacksonville)
9 East LSU L, 65–66 vs. #8 NC State(Pittsburgh)
10 East Georgia L, 63–70 vs. #7 Michigan State(Charlotte)
11 West Ole Miss W 94–90 vs. #11 BYU(Dayton) L, 57–67 vs. #6 Xavier(Jacksonville)

NIT[edit]

Seed Region School First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
2 Temple Bracket Texas A&M W, 81–64 vs. #7 Montana(College Station) L, 72–84 vs. #3 Louisiana Tech(College Station)  
5 Colorado State Bracket Vanderbilt W, 75–64 vs. #4 Saint Mary's(Moraga) W, 92–77 vs. #8 South Dakota State(Nashville) L, 75–78 vs. #5 Stanford(Palo Alto)
6 Richmond Bracket Alabama W, 79–58 vs. #3 Illinois(Tuscaloosa) L, 66–73 vs. #2 Miami(Coral Gables)  

Honors and awards[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

Starting on March 6, the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans were released for 2014–15 season, based upon selections by the four major syndicates. The four syndicates include the Associated Press, USBWA, NABC, and Sporting News.

All-SEC awards and teams[edit]

Coaches[edit]

2015 SEC Men's Basketball Individual Awards[2]
Award Recipient(s)
Player of the Year Bobby Portis, So., F, ARKANSAS
Coach of the Year John Calipari, KENTUCKY
Defensive Player of the Year Willie Cauley-Stein, Jr., C, KENTUCKY
Freshman of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns, F, KENTUCKY
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Levi Randolph, Sr., F, ALABAMA
Sixth Man Award Devin Booker, Fr., G, KENTUCKY
2015 SEC Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams[2]
First Team Second Team All-Freshman Team All-Defensive Team
Willie Cauley-Stein Jr., C, KENTUCKY
Danuel House Jr., F, TEXAS A&M
Damian Jones So., F, VANDERBILT
Bobby Portis So., F, ARKANSAS
Jarell Martin So., F, LSU
Jordan Mickey So., F, LSU
Stefan Moody Jr., G, OLE MISS
Josh Richardson Sr., G, TENNESSEE
Karl-Anthony Towns Fr., C, KENTUCKY
Devin Booker Fr., G, KENTUCKY
Dorian Finney-Smith Jr., F, FLORIDA
K. T. Harrell Sr., G, AUBURN
Aaron Harrison So., G, KENTUCKY
Jalen Jones Jr., F, TEXAS A&M
Michael Qualls Jr., G, ARKANSAS
Levi Randolph Sr., F, ALABAMA
Craig Sword Jr., G, MISSISSIPPI STATE
Marcus Thornton Sr., F, GEORGIA
Wade Baldwin IV Fr., G, VANDERBILT
Anton Beard Fr., G, ARKANSAS
Devin Booker Fr., G, KENTUCKY
Riley LaChance Fr., G, VANDERBILT
Trey Lyles Fr., G, KENTUCKY
Devin Robinson Fr., F, FLORIDA
Karl-Anthony Towns Fr., C, KENTUCKY
Tyler Ulis Fr., G, KENTUCKY
Willie Cauley-Stein, Jr., C, KENTUCKY
Damian JonesSo., F, VANDERBILT
Jordan Mickey, So., F, LSU
Josh Richardson, Sr., G, TENNESSEE
Marcus Thornton Sr., F, GEORGIA
- denotes unanimous selection

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Media picks Kentucky to win 2015 SEC Men's Basketball Championship" (Press release). Southeastern Conference. October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  2. ^ a b 2015 SEC Men’s Basketball Awards Announced, accessed March 10, 2015

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