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Breaking down the SEC basketball tournament schedule

Taking a look at who, where and when for the SEC conference championship, which will take place in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena March 11-15

Ole Miss Rebels forward KJ Buffen passes the ball against Kentucky Wildcats forward Nate Sestina in the second half at Rupp Arena.  Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE 9:24 p.m. March 11: Due to the coronavirus, the balance of the SEC Tournament starting March 12 will be played without fans in attendance.

The famous Broadway in Nashville will provide the background the music for the SEC basketball tournament, live from Bridgestone Arena March 11-15.

With 14 teams competing, we’ll see several of them in the NCAA Tournament no matter the results in the championship. And the tournament is taking place close enough to Kentucky that Big Blue Nation will be there in force filling up the coffers of every honky tonk in town.

Here are the brackets:

March 11

Game 1: No. 13 Georgia vs. No. 12 Ole Miss 7:00 p.m. ET
Game 2: No. 14 Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 Arkansas 9:30 p.m. ET

March 12

Game 3: No. 9 Alabama vs No. 8 Tennessee 1:00 p.m. ET
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. No. 5 Florida 3:30 p.m. ET
Game 5: No. 10 Missouri vs. No. 7 Texas A&M 7:00 p.m. ET
Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. No. 6 South Carolina 9:30 p.m. ET

March 13

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs No. 1 Kentucky 1:00 p.m. ET
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. No. 4 Mississippi State 3:30 p.m. ET
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. No. 2 Auburn 7:00 p.m. ET
Game 10: Game 6 winner vs. No. 3 LSU 9:30 p.m. ET

March 14

Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 1:00 p.m. ET
Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner 3:30 p.m. ET

March 15

Championship: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner 1:00 p.m. ET

Right now the Kentucky Wildcats are the unsurprising SEC basketball leader, not just in fans heading to Nashville but in the standings as well. Auburn and LSU appear to be safely in the NCAA Tournament as well, with Florida and Alabama on the right side of the bubble currently too. Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and South Carolina are all in the mix as well, as there’s likely no conference with more teams that can still win their way in or play their way out of a Big Dance bid.