2017–18 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season

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2017–18 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season
Southeastern Conference logo.svg
LeagueNCAA Division I
SportBasketball
Number of teams14
TV partner(s)CBS, ESPN, SEC Network
Regular Season
2018 SEC Co-Champions
Season MVPYante Maten, Georgia and
Grant Williams, Tennessee
Tournament
ChampionsKentucky
  Runners-upTennessee
Finals MVPShai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
Basketball seasons
2017–18 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 19 Auburn 13 5   .722     26 8   .765
No. 13 Tennessee 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
No. 23 Florida 11 7   .611     21 13   .618
No. 18 Kentucky 10 8   .556     26 11   .703
Missouri 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Arkansas 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Mississippi State 9 9   .500     25 12   .676
Texas A&M 9 9   .500     22 13   .629
Alabama 8 10   .444     20 16   .556
LSU 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Georgia 7 11   .389     18 15   .545
South Carolina 7 11   .389     17 16   .515
Vanderbilt 6 12   .333     12 20   .375
Ole Miss 5 13   .278     12 20   .375
2018 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2017, followed by the start of the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play started in early January 2018 and ended in March, after which 14 member teams participated in the 2018 SEC Tournament at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The tournament champion was guaranteed a selection to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Preseason[edit]

Quade Green, Kentucky
Kevin Knox, Kentucky
Nick Richards, Kentucky
Collin Sexton, Alabama

Preseason All-American teams[edit]

Preseason polls[edit]

AP Athlon
Sports
Bleacher
Report
Blue Ribbon
Yearbook
CBS Sports Coaches ESPN FOX Sports KenPom Lindy's
Sports
NBC Sports SBNation Sporting
News
Sports
Illustrated
USBWA Yahoo Sports
Alabama RV #19 #25 #27 #23 #21
Arkansas #36 RV #65 #49
Auburn #66 #35 #33
Florida #8 #10 #9 #7 #15 #7 #9 #10
Georgia #53 RV #57 #58
Kentucky #5 #6 #6 #4 #9 #8 #6 #8
LSU #147 #88 #91
Mississippi State #76 #69 #48
Missouri RV #37 RV #71 #25 #39
Ole Miss #88 #59 #53
South Carolina RV #81 RV #40 #61
Tennessee #118 #49 #76
Texas A&M #25 #21 #27 RV #19 #19 #29
Vanderbilt #46 #61 #59

Media Day Selections[edit]

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

() first place votes

Pre-season All-SEC teams[edit]

Media[1] Coaches[2]
KeVaughn Allen Florida KeVaughn Allen Florida
Hamidou Diallo Kentucky Deandre Burnett Ole Miss
Yante Maten Georgia Tyler Davis Texas A&M
Michael Porter Jr. Missouri Matthew Fisher-Davis Vanderbilt
Robert Williams Texas A&M Kevin Knox Kentucky
Michael Porter Jr. Missouri
Quinndary Weatherspoon Mississippi State
Robert Williams Texas A&M
  • Media select a five-member first team; coaches select an eight-member first team
  • Players in bold are media choices for SEC Player of the Year; coaches do not select a preseason Player of the Year

Head coaches[edit]

Note: Stats shown are before the beginning of the season. Overall and SEC records are from time at current school.

Team Head coach Previous job Season at school Overall record SEC record NCAA Tournaments NCAA Final Fours NCAA Championships
Alabama Avery Johnson Brooklyn Nets 3 37–30 (.552) 18–18 (.500) 0 0 0
Arkansas Mike Anderson Missouri 7 128–74 (.634) 60–46 (.566) 2 0 0
Auburn Bruce Pearl Tennessee 4 44–54 (.449) 16–38 (.296) 0 0 0
Florida Mike White Louisiana Tech 3 48–24 (.667) 23–13 (.639) 1 0 0
Georgia Mark Fox Nevada 9 145–118 (.551) 70–68 (.507) 2 0 0
Kentucky John Calipari Memphis 9 249–53 (.825) 111–27 (.804) 7 4 1
LSU Will Wade VCU 1 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–) 0 0 0
Mississippi State Ben Howland UCLA 3 30–33 (.476) 13–23 (.361) 0 0 0
Missouri Cuonzo Martin California 1 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–) 0 0 0
Ole Miss Andy Kennedy Cincinnati 12 234–139 (.627) 98–88 (.527) 2 0 0
South Carolina Frank Martin Kansas State 6 96–74 (.565) 38–52 (.422) 1 1 0
Tennessee Rick Barnes Texas 3 31–35 (.470) 14–22 (.389) 0 0 0
Texas A&M Billy Kennedy Murray State 7 115–85 (.575) 51–57 (.472) 1 0 0
Vanderbilt Bryce Drew Valparaiso 2 19–16 (.543) 10–8 (.556) 1 0 0

Rankings[edit]

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Alabama AP RV RV 25 24 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV
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Arkansas AP RV RV RV RV RV RV 22 RV RV RV
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Auburn AP RV RV RV 22 17 19 11 8 10 12 14
C RV RV 24 20 19 13 9 11 13 15
Florida AP 8 8 7 6 5 22 RV RV RV RV 20 23 RV RV RV
C 7 (1) 7 (1) 7 6 5 22 RV RV RV RV RV 22 24 RV RV RV RV
Georgia AP RV RV RV RV
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Kentucky AP 5 7 8 7 8 8 7 16 17 21 18 RV 21 24 RV RV 23
C 4 4 8 7 7 5 6 15 14 20 16 RV 22 24 RV RV 25
LSU AP
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Mississippi State AP RV RV RV
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Missouri AP RV RV RV RV
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Ole Miss AP
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South Carolina AP RV RV
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Tennessee AP RV 24 20 21 19 23 24 21 22 18 15 18 19 16
C RV RV 20 20 20 22 23 21 21 19 14 17 19 17
Texas A&M AP 25 16 16 9 7 9 8 5 11 RV 21 RV
C RV RV 19 10 9 10 9 6 13 RV RV RV RV
Vanderbilt AP
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Regular season[edit]

SEC Regular Season[edit]

This table summarizes the head-to-head results between teams in conference play. Results updated through February 25, 2018.

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

Records against other conferences[edit]

2017-18 records against non-conference foes as of January 27, 2018: