Posted: Mar 9, 2013 7:54 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2013 7:56 PM
NASHVILLE -- The 2013 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament returns to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for the fourth time. The five-day tournament tips-off on Wednesday, March 13, and runs through Sunday, March 17.
This will be the fourth time that the arena has served as the host of the SEC Tournament, having also hosted in 2001, 2006 and 2010. Also the home of the NHL's Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena has the distinction of being one of the busiest venues in the Unites States over the past decade and a half, hosting more than 18 million guests during that time. Seating capacity is approximately 18,160 for basketball games.
The winner of the 13-game tournament receives the SEC'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.
FIRST ROUND - March 13 (Wednesday)
Game 1 #12 South Carolina vs. #13 Mississippi State [SEC Network] 6:30 p.m. CT
Game 2 #11 Texas A&M vs. #14 Auburn [SEC Network] 9:00 p.m. CT
SECOND ROUND - March 14 (Thursday)
Game 3 #8 Georgia vs. #9 LSU [SEC Network] Noon CT
Game 4 Game 1 Winner vs. #5 Tennessee [SEC Network] 2:30 p.m. CT
Game 5 #7 Arkansas vs. #10 Vanderbilt [SEC Network] 6:30 p.m. CT
Game 6 Game 2 Winner vs. #6 Missouri [SEC Network] 9:00 p.m. CT
QUARTERFINALS - March 15 (Friday)
Game 7 Game 3 Winner vs. #1 Florida [ESPNU] Noon CT
Game 8 Game 4 Winner vs. #4 Alabama [ESPNU] 2:30 p.m. CT
Game 9 Game 5 Winner vs. #2 Kentucky [SEC Network/ESPNU] 6:30 p.m. CT
Game 10 Game 6 Winner vs. #3 Ole Miss [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 11 Winner vs. Game 12 Winner [ABC] Noon CT