SEC Basketball Tournament: Schedule, Odds, Predictions

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Purdue guard Braden Smith goes to the basket while being guarded by Tennessee guard Jahmai Mashack (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, in Honolulu. Smith was selected to the AP All-Big Ten first team in voting released Tuesday, March 12, 2024.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Mar 12, 2024, 5:55 PM
  • The SEC basketball tournament will run March 13-17 in Nashville.
  • No. 1 seed Tennessee (+160) is favored to win.
  • No. 3 seed Alabama (+500) has won two of the last three conference tournaments.

In 2024, the SEC is set to be the second-best represented Division I conference in men’s college basketball. That runs from potential No. 1 seed Tennessee all the way down to fringe at-large teams like Mississippi State. 

Indeed, the SEC has evolved into a deep and competitive basketball conference, making it one of the most interesting NCAA conference basketball tournaments to watch.

Even better: The BetMGM online sportsbook has single-game odds and futures markets available for bettors locked in for the coming days of high-stakes SEC basketball.

SEC Tournament Schedule

The SEC men’s basketball tournament runs March 13-17 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Game 1: No. 12 Arkansas vs. No. 13 Vanderbilt (March 13)
  • Game 2: No. 11 Georgia vs. No. 14 Missouri (March 13)
  • Game 3: No. 8 LSU vs. No. 9 Mississippi State (March 14)
  • Game 4: No. 5 South Carolina vs. Game 1 Winner (March 14)
  • Game 5: No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Ole Miss (March 14)
  • Game 6: No. 6 Florida vs. Game 2 Winner (March 14)
  • Game 7: No. 1 Tennessee vs. Game 3 Winner (March 15)
  • Game 8: No. 4 Auburn Game 4 Winner (March 15)
  • Game 9: No. 2 Kentucky vs. Game 5 Winner (March 15)
  • Game 10: No. 3 Alabama vs. Game 6 Winner (March 15)
  • Game 11: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner (March 16)
  • Game 12: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner (March 16)
  • Game 13: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 12 Winner (March 17)

SEC Tournament Odds

South Carolina+4000
Texas A&M+5000
Mississippi State +6000
Ole Miss+10000

SEC Tournament Prediction

Tennessee (+160) will win the SEC men’s basketball and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Vols won the regular season on the back of a critical seven-game winning streak that stretched from Feb. 14 through March 6 and included road wins at Alabama and South Carolina. They’ll enjoy some degree of home field advantage with a conference tournament in Nashville.

Here are a few other notes to consider:

Can Nate Oats Do It Again?

Alabama has won two of the last three SEC Tournaments, and there are three key reasons. One is that Nate Oats is a great coach. Another is that Alabama’s 3-point-centered philosophy is supported by analytics and in step with modern basketball. And having Brandon Miller in 2023 sure didn’t hurt. 

Alabama’s team isn’t quite as good this year, but Oats is still pulling the strings in Tuscaloosa. The final weeks of the season looked a little rough, and I think the Tide should be on an early upset alert in next week’s NCAA Tournament. But conference tournaments can provide an outlet to struggling teams that need a reset, and this week’s trip to Nashville could be just that.

Oats is among the best head men in a conference loaded with accomplished coaches. Can he make it three SEC Tournament championships in four years?

Trouble in Mississippi

Both Ole Miss and Mississippi State spent some time in the AP Poll this year, but the stretch run was not kind to either program. 

Mississippi State ended the regular season with a four-game skid, playing itself back onto the bubble. 

Ole Miss, for its part, hasn’t beaten a team other than last-place Missouri since January. It’s no longer even a flat bubble team and will miss the NCAA Tournament completely. 

The Rebels probably don’t have a path to the autobid without total chaos. MSU could use a win or two to shore up its tournament position; a loss, coupled with some bid steals and strong performances from other bubble teams, could hypothetically put the Bulldogs in danger. 

While a complete slide out of the tournament field is probably unlikely at this point, they could realistically find themselves in Dayton next week if they’re one and done in Nashville. 

  • 2023-24 SEC Standings
    Team Conf. Wins Conf. Losses Win Pct.
    Tennessee 14 4 .778
    South Carolina 13 5 .722
    Auburn 13 5 .722
    Kentucky 13 5 .722
    Alabama 13 5 .722
    Florida 11 7 .611
    Texas A&M 9 9 .500
    LSU 9 9 .500
    Miss. St. 8 10 .444
    Ole Miss 7 11 .389
    Georgia 6 12 .333
    Arkansas 6 12 .333
    Vanderbilt 4 14 .222
    Missouri 0 18 .000
  • SEC Tournament Champions
    Year Champion Runner-Up
    1933 Kentucky Mississippi State
    1934 Alabama Florida
    1936 Tennessee Alabama
    1937 Kentucky Tennessee
    1938 Georgia Tech Mississippi
    1939 Kentucky Tennessee
    1940 Kentucky Georgia
    1941 Tennessee Kentucky
    1942 Kentucky Alabama
    1943 Tennessee Kentucky
    1944 Kentucky Tulane
    1945 Kentucky Tennessee
    1946 Kentucky LSU
    1947 Kentucky Tulane
    1948 Kentucky Georgia Tech
    1949 Kentucky Tulane
    1950 Kentucky Tennessee
    1951 Vanderbilt Kentucky
    1952 Kentucky LSU
    1979 Tennessee Kentucky
    1980 LSU Kentucky
    1981 Mississippi Georgia
    1982 Alabama Kentucky
    1983 Georgia Alabama
    1984 Kentucky Auburn
    1985 Auburn Alabama
    1986 Kentucky Alabama
    1987 Alabama LSU
    1988 Kentucky Georgia
    1989 Alabama Florida
    1990 Alabama Mississippi
    1991 Alabama Tennessee
    1992 Kentucky Alabama
    1993 Kentucky LSU
    1994 Kentucky Florida
    1995 Kentucky Arkansas
    1996 Mississippi State Kentucky
    1997 Kentucky Georgia
    1998 Kentucky South Carolina
    1999 Kentucky Arkansas
    2000 Arkansas Auburn
    2001 Kentucky Mississippi
    2002 Mississippi State Alabama
    2003 Kentucky Mississippi State
    2004 Kentucky Florida
    2005 Florida Kentucky
    2006 Florida South Carolina
    2007 Florida Arkansas
    2008 Georgia Arkansas
    2009 Mississippi State Tennessee
    2010 Kentucky Mississippi State
    2011 Kentucky Florida
    2012 Vanderbilt Kentucky
    2013 Mississippi Florida
    2014 Florida Kentucky
    2015 Kentucky Arkansas
    2016 Kentucky Texas A&M
    2017 Kentucky Arkansas
    2018 Kentucky Tennessee
    2019 Auburn Tennessee
    2021 Alabama LSU
    2022 Tennessee Texas A&M
    2023 Alabama Texas A&M
  • Most SEC Tournament Championships
    Team Championships
    Kentucky 32
    Alabama 8
    Tennessee 5
    Florida 4
    Mississippi State 3
    Auburn 2
    Mississippi 2
    Vanderbilt 2
    Georgia 2
    Arkansas 1
    LSU 1
    Georgia Tech 1

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.