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SEC Tournament Primer: Know Your Teams

With the SEC tournament only days away, it’s time to get to know the 14 league teams before they do battle for the coveted SEC tournament crown.

But first, take another look at the bracket to familiarize yourself with the matchups:


1. AUBURN

2017-18 Record: 25-6
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 18.8%
Best Win: @ Tennessee, 94-84
Worst Loss: @ South Carolina, 75-84
KenPom Ranking: 11
Projected NCAA Seed: 3
Leading Scorer: Mustapha Heron, 16.6 ppg

Fun Fact: Auburn won the SEC’s regular season championship for only the third time in school history, and will now chase the school’s second SEC tournament championship. The Tigers won the regular season in 1960 and 1999, and the tournament in 1985.


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2. TENNESSEE

2017-18 Record: 23-7
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 20.9%
Best Win: Purdue, 78-75
Worst Loss: @ Georgia, 62-73
KenPom Ranking: 14
Projected NCAA Seed: 3
Leading Scorer: Grant Williams, 15.6 ppg

Fun Fact: Tennessee was picked to finish 13th out of 14 league teams in the preseason before going on to win a share of the SEC regular season title, the program’s first since 2008.


3. FLORIDA

2017-18 Record: 20-11
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 19.3%
Best Win: Cincinnati, 66-60
Worst Loss: @ Ole Miss, 72-78
KenPom Ranking: 21
Projected NCAA Seed: 6
Leading Scorer: Jalen Hudson, 15.6 ppg

Fun Fact: Florida went 6-2 against ranked teams in the regular season, which was the most wins by any program against the AP top 25.


4. KENTUCKY

2017-18 Record: 21-10
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 16.7%
Best Win: @ Arkansas, 87-72
Worst Loss: @ South Carolina, 68-76
KenPom Ranking: 23
Projected NCAA Seed: 5
Leading Scorer: Kevin Knox, 15.7 ppg

Fun Fact: Kentucky has reached the SEC championship in all but one of John Calipari’s eight SEC tournaments.


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5. MISSOURI

2017-18 Record: 20-11
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 4.6%
Best Win: Tennessee, 59-55
Worst Loss: Illinois, 64-70
KenPom Ranking: 39
Projected NCAA Seed: 9
Leading Scorer: Kassius Robertson, 16.5 ppg

Fun Fact: In his first year as head coach, Cuonzo Martin improved Mizzou’s win total by 12 games, and three of its SEC losses were by only one possession. It’s even more impressive that the Tigers played so well without projected lottery pick Michael Porter Jr., who missed the season with a back injury.


6. ARKANSAS

2017-18 Record: 21-10
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 7.0%
Best Win: Auburn, 91-82
Worst Loss: LSU, 54-75
KenPom Ranking: 37
Projected NCAA Seed: 7
Leading Scorer: Jaylen Barford, 17.9 ppg

Fun Fact: Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon are the only two players in the SEC to rank in the top 10 in points per game, three-point FG percentage and FG percentage.


7. MISSISSIPPI STATE

2017-18 Record: 21-10
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 1.5%
Best Win: @ Texas A&M, 93-81
Worst Loss: @ Ole Miss, 58-64
KenPom Ranking: 61
Projected NCAA Seed: Out
Leading Scorer: Quinndary Weatherspoon, 14.7 ppg

Fun Fact: Mississippi State won nine SEC games for the first time since the conference expanded to 14 teams.


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8. TEXAS A&M

2017-18 Record: 20-11
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 5.5%
Best Win: @ Auburn, 81-80
Worst Loss: LSU, 68-69
KenPom Ranking: 32
Projected NCAA Seed: 8
Leading Scorer: Tyler Davis, 14.7 ppg

Fun Fact: A&M won nine of its last 13 conference games after a very disappointing 0-5 start in league play.


9. ALABAMA

2017-18 Record: 17-14
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 2.4%
Best Win: @ Florida, 68-50
Worst Loss: Minnesota, 84-89
KenPom Ranking: 53
Projected NCAA Seed: 10
Leading Scorer: Collin Sexton, 18.3 ppg

Fun Fact: Alabama won five games over AP top-25 teams for the first time in program history.


10. LSU

2017-18 Record: 17-13
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 1.6%
Best Win: Michigan, 77-75
Worst Loss: Stephen F. Austin, 82-83
KenPom Ranking: 59
Projected NCAA Seed: Out
Leading Scorer: Tremont Waters, 15.6 ppg

Fun Fact: LSU was picked to finish dead last in the SEC, but surprised critics with a share of ninth place in Will Wade’s first season as head coach.


11. SOUTH CAROLINA

2017-18 Record: 16-15
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 0.5%
Best Win: Auburn, 84-75
Worst Loss: Illinois State, 65-69
KenPom Ranking: 77
Projected NCAA Seed: Out
Leading Scorer: Chris Silva, 14.1 ppg

Fun Fact: Frank Martin holds the sixth-highest NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Kansas’ Bill Self.


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12. GEORGIA

2017-18 Record: 16-14
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 0.7%
Best Win: Tennessee, 73-62
Worst Loss: @ UMass, 62-72
KenPom Ranking: 67
Projected NCAA Seed: Out
Leading Scorer: Yante Maten, 19.4 ppg

Fun Fact: Georgia’s Yante Maten led the SEC in scoring and ranked second in rebounding, and is the front-runner for Player of the Year.


13. VANDERBILT

2017-18 Record: 12-19
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 0.4%
Best Win: TCU, 81-78
Worst Loss: @ LSU, 78-88
KenPom Ranking: 84
Projected NCAA Seed: Out
Leading Scorer: Jeff Roberson, 17.0 ppg

Fun Fact: Vanderbilt’s win at Ole Miss in the regular season finale was its only victory outside Memorial Gym.


14. OLE MISS

2017-18 Record: 12-19
Odds To Win SEC Tournament: 0.1%
Best Win: @ Missouri, 90-87
Worst Loss: Vanderbilt, 69-82
KenPom Ranking: 106
Projected NCAA Seed: Out
Leading Scorer: Terence Davis, 13.7 ppg

Fun Fact: The Rebels’ all-time winningest coach, Andy Kennedy, stepped down midway through the season after 10 years on the job. Kennedy is the only coach in Ole Miss history to produce 10 consecutive winning seasons.


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Article written by Drew Franklin

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4 Comments for SEC Tournament Primer: Know Your Teams



  1. Biglaw Dawgin'
    4:14 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Auburn got a tough draw with (likely) playing a streaking Texas A&M their first game. Plus, even if Auburn makes it out, the Cats’ length is a nightmare for them (also, one of their only two big men went down right after the game against UK).

    I bet we see Florida or Tenn in the championship and, either way, get some revenge in what will likely be a home game for the Cats in St. Louis. Cal doesn’t usually care about the SEC tourney, but I think he believes it’s important for this particular squad to be streaking going into the real tourney.



    • Ridge Runner
      9:28 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed.

      My only concern right now is the impact of Michael Porter to his team at home.



  2. secrick
    4:25 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

    I think Tenn is the team to beat but who do i think is going to win, UK.



  3. UK Fan In Nashville
    4:32 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

    I really think they should eliminate the bottom two teams from the tournament. That way if there are three teams playing for that last spot it makes it more intriguing to watch Ole Miss vs Georgia.