2018–19 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season

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2018–19 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
Tournament
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2018–19 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Tennessee 11 1   .917     23 2   .920
No. 19 LSU 11 1   .917     21 4   .840
No. 5 Kentucky 10 2   .833     21 4   .840
Ole Miss 8 4   .667     18 7   .720
South Carolina 8 4   .667     13 12   .520
Mississippi State 6 6   .500     18 7   .720
Auburn 6 6   .500     17 8   .680
Alabama 6 6   .500     15 10   .600
Florida 6 6   .500     14 11   .560
Arkansas 5 7   .417     14 11   .560
Missouri 3 9   .250     12 12   .500
Texas A&M 3 9   .250     10 14   .417
Georgia 1 11   .083     10 15   .400
Vanderbilt 0 12   .000     9 16   .360
2019 SEC Tournament winner
As of February 13, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018–19 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2018, followed by the start of the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play started in early January 2019 and will end in March, after which 14 member teams will participate in the 2019 SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The tournament champion is guaranteed a selection to the 2019 NCAA Tournament.[1]

Preseason[edit]

Preseason All-America teams[edit]

Preseason polls[edit]

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

() first place votes

Preseason All-SEC teams[edit]

Media[2] Coaches[3]
Daniel Gafford Arkansas Daniel Gafford Arkansas
Chris Silva South Carolina Admiral Schofield Tennessee
Reid Travis Kentucky Chris Silva South Carolina
Tremont Waters LSU Reid Travis Kentucky
Grant Williams Tennessee P. J. Washington Kentucky
Tremont Waters LSU
Quinndary Weatherspoon Mississippi State
Grant Williams Tennessee
  • 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 4 57–46 (.553) 26–28 (.481) 1 0 0
Arkansas Mike Anderson Missouri 8 151–73 (.674) 70–54 (.565) 3 0 0
Auburn Bruce Pearl Tennessee 5 70–62 (.530) 29–43 (.403) 1 0 0
Florida Mike White Louisiana Tech 4 69–37 (.651) 34–20 (.630) 2 0 0
Georgia Tom Crean Indiana 1 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–) 0 0 0
Kentucky John Calipari Memphis 10 273–64 (.810) 121–35 (.776) 8 4 1
LSU Will Wade VCU 2 18–15 (.545) 8–10 (.444) 0 0 0
Mississippi State Ben Howland UCLA 4 56–45 (.554) 22–32 (.407) 0 0 0
Missouri Cuonzo Martin California 2 20–13 (.606) 10–8 (.556) 1 0 0
Ole Miss Kermit Davis Middle Tennessee 1 0–0 (–) 98–88 (–) 0 0 0
South Carolina Frank Martin Kansas State 7 113–90 (.557) 45–63 (.417) 1 1 0
Tennessee Rick Barnes Texas 4 57–44 (.564) 27–27 (.500) 1 0 0
Texas A&M Billy Kennedy Murray State 7 136–98 (.581) 60–66 (.476) 1 0 0
Vanderbilt Bryce Drew Valparaiso 2 31–36 (.463) 16–20 (.444) 1 0 0

Rankings[edit]

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Alabama AP RV RV
C RV
Arkansas AP
C
Auburn AP 11 9
C 12 12
Florida AP RV RV
C RV RV
Georgia AP
C
Kentucky AP 2 10
C 2 10
LSU AP 23 22
C RV RV
Mississippi State AP 18 17
C 19 19
Missouri AP RV
C RV
Ole Miss AP
C
South Carolina AP
C
Tennessee AP 6 5
C 6 6
Texas A&M AP
C
Vanderbilt AP RV
C RV

Regular season[edit]

Big 12/SEC Challenge[edit]

Date [4] Time Big 12 team SEC team Location TV Attendance Winner Leader
Sat., Jan. 26 Noon Baylor Alabama Ferrell CenterWaco, TX ESPN/2/U
Iowa State Ole Miss The Pavilion at Ole MissOxford, MS ESPN/2/U
TCU Florida Schollmaier ArenaFort Worth, TX ESPN/2/U
2:00 pm Kansas State Texas A&M Reed ArenaCollege Station, TX ESPN/2/U
Oklahoma State South Carolina Gallagher-Iba ArenaStillwater, OK ESPN/2/U
Texas Georgia Stegeman ColiseumAthens, GA ESPN/2/U
4:00 pm Oklahoma Vanderbilt Lloyd Noble CenterNorman, OK ESPN/2
West Virginia Tennessee Thompson–Boling ArenaKnoxville, TN ESPN/2
6:00 pm Kansas Kentucky Rupp ArenaLexington, KY ESPN/2
Texas Tech Arkansas United Supermarkets ArenaLubbock, TX ESPN/2
Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, and Missouri are not participating for the SEC.
All times Eastern

SEC regular season[edit]

This table summarizes the head-to-head results between teams in conference play. Results updated through January 5, 2019.

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

Records against other conferences[edit]