Stuart McNair

Final four games of SEC basketball loom big for Alabama

Where SEC basketball teams stand and what’s at stake

It is crunch time in Southeastern Conference men’s basketball play with 14 games down and 4 to go in regular season league competition. The SEC Tournament will begin March 8 in Nashville.

Here is the importance of (a.) not being in the bottom four and (b.) finishing in the top four in regular season conference play:

In this year’s tournament at Bridgestone Arena, the bottom four teams will play in the first round on March 8. The two winners from that group will play in the second round, along with teams 5-10, on March 9. The top four teams don’t begin play until March 10.

The semifinals are March 11 and the championship game March 12.

Here is how things look as teams enter the final two weeks of SEC regular season play:

Florida 12-2

Games Remaining: South Carolina, @ Kentucky, Arkansas, @ Vanderbilt

Kentucky 12-2

Games Remaining: @ Missouri, Florida, Vanderbilt, @ Texas A&M

South Carolina 10-4

Games Remaining: @ Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State, @ Ole Miss

Alabama 9-5

Games Remaining: Georgia, @ Texas A&M, Ole Miss, @ Tennessee

Arkansas 9-5

Games Remaining: Texas A&M, @ Auburn, @ Florida, Georgia

Ole Miss 7-7

Games Remaining: @ Mississippi State, Missouri, @ Alabama, South Carolina

Tennessee 7-7

Games Remaining: Vanderbilt, @ South Carolina, @ LSU, Alabama

Vanderbilt 7-7

Games Remaining: @ Tennessee, Mississippi State, @ Kentucky, Florida

Texas A&M 6-8

Games Remaining: @ Arkansas, Alabama, @ Missouri, Kentucky

Georgia 6-8

Games Remaining: @ Alabama, LSU, Auburn, @ Arkansas

Mississippi State 5-9

Games Remaining: Ole Miss, @ Vanderbilt, @ South Carolina, LSU

Auburn 5-9

Games Remaining: @ LSU, Arkansas, @ Georgia, Missouri

Missouri 2-12

Games Remaining: Kentucky, @ Ole Miss, Texas A&M, @ Auburn

LSU 1-13

Games Remaining: Auburn, @ Georgia, Tennessee, @ Mississippi State

Each year the SEC has what it calls “a select group” of so-called basketball experts from the media make a preseason prediction. These experts and their votes are annonymous. Here is how they saw it for 2016-17:

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

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