The 2014 SEC Tournament began on Wednesday, with 14 teams looking to win the championship and claim an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This weekend is an important one for most teams in the conference, considering 10 or more could be left out of the big dance.
The bottom four seeds played on Day One of the tournament. Both South Carolina and Mississippi State achieved upset victories, after finishing the regular season at No.13 and No.14 in the conference. Auburn and Vanderbilt failed to reach the next round of games.
Florida, Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee rank first through fourth in the SEC, giving them two byes each. As the top-ranked team in the nation, the Gators are the favorite to win the title. They are followed by Kentucky, who began the season at No.1, but doesn’t currently rank in the top 25.
Five SEC teams had a record above .500 in conference play, led by Florida, who didn't suffer a loss. Georgia is the No.3 seed in the tournament, even though rank sixth in overall losses.
The second-round and quarterfinals can be seen on either ESPNU or ESPN3. ABC will broadcast both the semifinals and finals. The last two days of games can also been seen, via a live stream online, on ESPN3.
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Below is the bracket and schedule for the SEC Tournament.
Texas A&M vs. Missouri
South Carolina vs. Arkansas
Alabama vs. LSU
Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss
Florida vs. Texas A&M/Missouri winner (Game One)
Tennessee vs. South Carolina/Arkansas winner (Game Two)
Kentucky vs. Alabama/LSU winner (Game Three)
Georgia vs. Mississippi State/Ole Miss (Game Four)
Game One winner vs. Game Two winner
Game Three winner vs. Game Four winner