The 2015 SEC Tournament will take place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee from Wednesday, March 11th through Sunday, March 15th. This will be a five-round tournament that features the 14 SEC teams.
Kentucky (18-0) ran away with the regular season title and has earned the No. 1 seed. No. 2 Arkansas (13-5), No. 3 Georgia (11-7) and No. 4 LSU (11-7) will all receive double-byes into Friday’s action along with the Wildcats. Seeds 5 through 10 will get a first-round bye.
To no surprise, unbeaten Kentucky (-400) is a massive favorite to win the SEC Tournament. Arkansas (+1000), Georgia (+1700) and Vanderbilt (+1700) have the next-best odds. Here’s a look at the schedule, the favorite, my value play, and my sleeper pick.
SEC Tournament Schedule
First Round (Wednesday, March 11)
- Game 1 – (12) Mississippi State vs (13) Auburn
- Game 2 – (11) South Carolina vs (14) Missouri
Second Round (Thursday, March 12)
- Game 3 – (8) Florida vs (9) Alabama
- Game 4 – (5) Texas A&M vs Winner of Game 1
- Game 5 – (7) Vanderbilt vs. (10) Tennessee
- Game 6 – (6) Ole Miss vs Winner of Game 2
Quarterfinals (Friday, March 13)
- Game 7 – (1) Kentucky vs Winner of Game 3
- Game 8 – (4) LSU vs Winner of Game 4
- Game 9 – (2) Arkansas vs Winner of Game 5
- Game 10 – (3) Georgia vs Winner of Game 6
Semifinals (Saturday, March 14)
- Game 11 – Winner of Game 7 vs Winner of Game 8
- Game 12 – Winner of Game 9 vs Winner of Game 10
Championship Game (Sunday, March 15)
- Game 13 – Winner of Game 11 vs Winner of Game 12
The Favorite: Kentucky (-400)
The Wildcats are looking to become the first team since Indiana to go unbeaten for the entire season en route to winning a National Championship. They have been the best team in college basketball all year, and they currently sit at 31-0 heading into the SEC Tournament.
Kentucky has had a few scares along the way, including back-to-back overtime wins over Ole Miss and Texas A&M. But for the most part, it has dominated all comers. A whopping 25 of its 31 victories have come by double-digits. It will likely be favored by double-digits in every game of the SEC Tournament as well.
The Value Play: Arkansas (+1000)
Not a bad value here for the No. 2 seed in Arkansas, which wouldn’t have to face Kentucky until Sunday. I like the Razorbacks’ chances of at least reaching the title game, which gives them the best chance to knock off the Wildcats.
Arkansas went 24-7 on the season and 13-5 in conference action. It has won 11 of its last 14 games overall. One of those losses was to Kentucky, while the other two were to Florida and LSU by a combined 4 points. The Razorbacks are easily the second-best team in the Southeastern Conference.
The Sleeper: Florida (+2300)
You can never count out head coach Billy Donovan and his Florida Gators. This may be one of the worst teams he has ever had, but it is also one that is fully capable of beating almost anyone in the SEC on any given night. Plus, the Gators are finally getting healthy, which has been an issue for them all season.
Leading scorers Dorian Finney-Smith (13.1 ppg) and Michael Frazier III (12.8 ppg) missed a combined 12 games down the stretch. Third-leading scorer Eli Carter (8.7 ppg) also missed five games this year. But, the Gators are finally healthy heading into the SEC Tournament as all three guys will be available, making them a very dangerous squad for all comers.
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