The SEC Men's Basketball Tournament begins next Wednesday in Nashville, TN. The tournament runs through Sunday at the Bridgestone Arena. It's the fourth time the tournament has been held at the site. According to the SEC, seating capacity is approximately 18,160 for basketball games.
The SEC says the winner of the 13-game tournament receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament "seeds" are determined by the 18-game conference schedule during the regular season. Teams are "seeded" 1-14 based on their regular season conference finish.
In the history of the SEC, Kentucky leads with 27 conference tournament titles. Alabama is second with six, Tennessee ranks third with four. Florida and Mississippi State each have three championship trophies while Georgia and Vanderbilt have two.
Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss and former league member Georgia Tech have each won one SEC Tournament championship.
Alabama's 13 will have a crew in Nashville, beginning next Tuesday, March 12th. Look for updates on alabama's 13.com, our Facebook and Twitter pages, on Alabama's 13 newscasts, and, on Alabama Tonight, Monday-Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Here's the schedule for next week's tournament:
FIRST ROUND - March 13 (Wednesday)
Game 1 #12 vs. #13 [SEC Network] 6:30 p.m. CT
Game 2 #11 vs. #14 [SEC Network] 9:00 p.m. CT
SECOND ROUND - March 14 (Thursday)
Game 3 #8 vs. #9 [SEC Network] Noon CT
Game 4 Game 1 Winner vs. #5 [SEC Network] 2:30 p.m. CT
Game 5 #7 vs. #10 [SEC Network] 6:30 p.m. CT
Game 6 Game 2 Winner vs. #6 [SEC Network] 9:00 p.m. CT
QUARTERFINALS - March 15 (Friday)
Game 7 Game 3 Winner vs. #1 [ESPNU] Noon CT
Game 8 Game 4 Winner vs. #4 [ESPNU] 2:30 p.m. CT
Game 9 Game 5 Winner vs. #2 [SEC Network & ESPNU] 6:30 p.m. CT
Game 10 Game 6 Winner vs. #3 [SEC Network & ESPNU] 9:00 p.m. CT
SEMIFINALS - March 16 (Saturday)
Game 11 Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner [ABC] Noon CT
Game 12 Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner [ABC] 2:30 p.m. CT
FINALS - March 17 (Sunday)
Game 13 Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner [ABC] Noon CT