It has been an up-and-down season for many SEC teams, but now the slate is wiped clean and the 2013 SEC Tournament offers each member of the conference a chance at glory.
While a few of the teams competing will have a different tournament weighing on their minds, most of the squads in this competition will not be headed to March Madness. For these programs, the coming days may offer them one last shot to take down a giant.
Manic fanbases, high-strung coaches, fired-up players and an excellent chance to see a few more college basketball upsets will all be a part of this tournament.
Here is everything you need to know about the competition.
When: March 13-17
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
With the SEC's expansion to 14 teams, the format of the bracket was tweaked slightly from last year. The first round will consist of two play-in games between the bottom four seeds.
The winners of these games will go on to play the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds in the second round, while the top four seeds all have byes through to the quarterfinals. Check out the full bracket here at SECDigitalNetwork.com.
|Game||Teams||Date ||Network ||Time (ET)|
|1||South Carolina vs. Mississippi State||Wednesday, March 13||SEC Network/ESPN3||7:30 p.m.|
|2||Texas A&M vs. Auburn||Wednesday, March 13||SEC Network/ESPN3||10 p.m.|
|3||Georgia vs. LSU||Thursday, March 14||SEC Network/ESPN3||1 p.m.|
|4||Tennessee vs. Game 1 Winner||Thursday, March 14||SEC Network/ESPN3||3:30 p.m.|
|5||Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt||Thursday, March 14||SEC Network/ESPN3||7:30 p.m.|
|6||Missouri vs. Game 2 Winner||Thursday, March 14||SEC Network/ESPN3||10 p.m.|
|7||Florida vs. Game 3 Winner||Friday, March 15||ESPNU||1 p.m.|
|8||Alabama vs. Game 4 Winner||Friday, March 15||ESPNU||3:30 p.m.|
|9||Kentucky vs. Game 5 Winner||Friday, March 15||SEC Network/ESPN3||7:30 p.m.|
|10||Ole Miss vs. Game 6 Winner||Friday, March 15||SEC Network/ESPN3||10 p.m.|
|11||Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner||Saturday, March 16||ABC||1 p.m.|
|12||Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner||Saturday, March 16||ABC||3:30 p.m.|
|Finals||Game 11 Winner vs. Game 12 Winner||Sunday, March 17||ABC||1 p.m.|
Players to Watch
Mike Rosario, G, Florida
Even with the loss to Kentucky to finish the regular season, there is no doubt that the Gators are the best team in this tournament.
Billy Donovan's squad has had a firm hold atop the KenPom.com rankings for much of the season due to its efficient, balanced offense and extremely stout defense.
Rosario is a senior guard who gets it done on both ends of the floor and is one of several players who can produce points for the Gators.
Florida's success will not come down to just one player, but if Rosario sets the tone for this team, it has a chance to cruise through the competition.
Marshall Henderson, G, Ole Miss
Any fans who have not watched Henderson play this season should certainly catch one of Ole Miss' games in this tournament.
The junior guard is a streaky shooter who is capable of taking over a game. When he gets hot, he will let you know.
He has made headlines this season by raining down three-pointers and then taunting opposing fans. Henderson has embraced the villain role and loves to put on a show.
If he finds his stroke in this tournament, the Rebels have a chance to go on an impressive run.
Archie Goodwin, G, Kentucky
The Wildcats' NCAA tournament hopes seemed to go down with Nerlens Noel, but now there is life again in Lexington.
A huge win against Florida to end the season has Kentucky in a position where an impressive showing in the SEC Tournament can lead to a ticket to March Madness.
To have success against the other teams in the conference, John Calipari will look to Goodwin to lead the scoring effort.
If the freshman guard gets hot, the Wildcats just might be dancing after all.
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