The 2017 SEC Basketball Tournament starts Wednesday from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Check below for the full schedule, bracket and TV channels for each game this week.
The top four teams won’t be in action until Friday, since they received double byes. Those teams are Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas and South Carolina, in that order.
Missouri-Auburn and Mississippi State-LSU will kick off the 2017 SEC Basketball Tournament on Wednesday. Here’s everything you need to know.
2017 SEC Basketball Tournament bracket
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2017 SEC Basketball Tournament schedule
Times are ET.
Wednesday, first round
No. 12 Mississippi State vs. No. 13 LSU, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
No. 11 Auburn vs. No. 14 Missouri, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)
Thursday, second round
No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 9 Tennessee, 1 p.m. (SEC Network)
Mississippi State-LSU winner vs. No. 5 Alabama, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)
No. 7 Vanderbilt vs. No. 10 Texas A&M, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Auburn-Missouri winner vs. No. 6 Ole Miss, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)
Georgia-Tennessee winner vs. No. 1 Kentucky, 1 p.m. (SEC Network)
Mississippi State/LSU/Alabama winner vs. No. 4 South Carolina, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)
Vanderbilt-Texas A&M winner vs. No. 2 Florida, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Auburn/Missouri/Ole Miss vs. No. 3 Arkansas, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)
Quarterfinal 1 winner vs. Quarterfinal 2 winner, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Quarterfinal 3 winner vs. Quarterfinal 4 winner, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Semifinal winner vs. semifinal winner, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
2017 SEC Basketball Tournament preview, picks
Game 1: LSU vs. Mississippi State
These two teams just played on Saturday with the Bulldogs winning 88-76. At one point, LSU lost 15 consecutive SEC games. Expect the Bulldogs to stay at least one more night in Nashville.
Game 2: Auburn vs. Missouri
Like the teams in Game 1, Auburn and Missouri met on the final Saturday of the regular season. Auburn came away victorious, and with someone like Austin Wiley leading the charge, Auburn will knock off Missouri again.
Game 3: Georgia vs. Tennessee
These two teams met once this season with the Bulldogs pulling out a 76-75 win. Georgia forward Yante Maten missed large chunks of the first game due to foul trouble and his status for this game is in question due to an injury. Still, with guard J.J. Frazier leading the charge, the Bulldogs should have an advantage and move on.
Game 4: Mississippi State vs. Alabama
The Crimson Tide got a nice win over Ole Miss earlier this past week but stumbled on the final Saturday of the regular season. But Alabama should still win and move on to the quarterfinals.
Game 5: Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt
The Commodores have made a late push for the NCAA Tournament and a loss to Auburn would be devastating. With some support from the hometown crowd, Vanderbilt avoids disaster and moves on to a matchup with Arkansas.
Game 6: Auburn vs. Ole Miss
Ole Miss split it’s games last week, falling against Alabama but then beating South Carolina. With hopes of making the NCAA Tournament, the Rebels should be able to beat the young Tigers.
Game 7: Georgia vs. Kentucky
Both of the Georgia-Kentucky games went down to the wire this year. And while the Bulldogs will be the more desperate, Georgia is 0-7 against the top 4 teams in the conference. Monk and the Wildcats will make it 0-8.
Game 8: Alabama vs. South Carolina
Frank Martin has turned around the South Carolina program and the NCAA Tournament looks like the next step for the Gamecocks. A win, and some revenge against an Alabama team that beat them in a 4-overtime game, would lock up the bid.
Game 9: Florida vs. Vanderbilt
Beating a team three times in one year is a challenge. Beating a team as talented as Florida three times would be incredible and lock up an NCAA Tournament bid. But I don’t think the Commodores will be able to do it as the Gators finally nip the Commodores.
Game 10: Ole Miss vs. Arkansas
Ole Miss desperately needs this game to try and get into the NCAA Tournament. But the Razorbacks enter the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the SEC, having won six of their last seven entering the conference tournament. They’ll be well-rested and knock off the Rebels.
Game 11: Kentucky vs. South Carolina
This would be a matchup of the top player of the year candidates in the SEC between Monk and Sindarius Thornwell of South Carolina. But the difference in this game will be Kentucky’s freshman center Bam Adebayo. The Wildcats advance to the finals of the SEC Tournament for a fourth straight season.
Game 12: Florida vs. Arkansas
This is another matchup where one team will be looking for to win against a team for the third time this season. But Florida has controlled both matchups against Arkansas and will likely do so again. This game could have huge implications on NCAA Tournament seeding.
Game 13: Kentucky vs. Florida
These two teams split the regular season meeting. And while Kentucky will have the home-court advantage—Kentucky fans always flood Nashville for the SEC Tournament—the Wildcats needed 30 second-half points from Malik Monk to beat the Gators last time. With this game not actually being played in Rupp Arena, the Gators will do just enough to win the SEC Basketball Tournament.