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SEC Mens Basketball Tournament Information

The SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament is the basketball conference tournament for the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The tournament was first played in 1933 in Lexington, Kentucky. It is a single-elimination game with currently having 14 teams. The winner of the game receives an automatic bid to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The current location for the tournament is in Nashville, Tennessee, whereas the current stadium is Bridgestone Arena. Auburn Tigers are the current champions of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament.

In 2012, SEC expanded to 14 teams with the arrival of Texas A&M and Missouri. For this reason, in 2013, the tournament was played in a different format. Their official television partners are SEC Network and ESPN. Most championships are won by the Kentucky Wildcats, who have won the tournament 31 times so far.

Some of the sites where this big tournament has been held so far include Louisiana Superdome, Louisville Gardens, the Pyramid, Rupp Arena, Georgia Dome, and a few more. In 2008, due to an emergency relocation, the tournament shifted to Alexander Memorial Coliseum at Georgia Tech, BJCC Coliseum, and Bridgestone Arena.

Teams that have appeared so far in the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament are Tulane, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Missouri, Georgia Tech, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Mississippi, Auburn, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, and Kentucky.


The tournament was played from the year 1933-1934, 1936-1952, and since 1979 the tournament is being played every single year. Some of the MVPs who have been part of the tournament are Travis Ford, Antoine Walker, Allan Houston, Ron Mercer, Jamal Mashburn, and many others.