SEC Tournament 2013: Bracket, Dates, Start Time and TV Schedule

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIMarch 9, 2013

February 2, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Ole Miss Rebels guard Marshall Henderson (22) defends Florida Gators guard Michael Frazier II (20) during the second half at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Florida won 78-64. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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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.



Seed Team
1 Florida
2 Kentucky 
3 Ole Miss
4 Alabama
5 Tennessee 
6 Missouri 
7 Arkansas 
8 Georgia 
9 LSU 
10 Vanderbilt 
11 Texas A&M
12 South Carolina 
13 Mississippi State 
14 Auburn 



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


TV Schedule

Game Teams Date
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 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.