Conference tournaments are a time for bubble teams to state their case for playing in March, a time for top schools to defend their regular-season championships and a time for little-known teams to surprise everyone and win it all.
The SEC Tournament is no different.
Teams like the Alabama Crimson Tide and Mississippi State Bulldogs were initially billed as NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament locks.
Thanks to a late-season slide, however, both are on the bubble.
Teams with young players like the Arkansas Razorbacks and Georgia Bulldogs can use the tournament to prepare for next season and gain valuable experience.
Every team wants to either end the season or head into March on a high note, but obviously, not all can.
Certain players can be key in determining whether their team advances to the championship game or bows out early on.
Here are the 12 most important players to watch in this year’s SEC Tournament.