When: March 12-15
Where: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa
Outlook: The conference has had one of its worst seasons in recent memory. Only Tennessee and LSU are locks for the tournament, and perennial powers Kentucky and Florida are in jeopardy of missing the tournament all together. With so much mediocrity in the SEC, it's very possible a team will play their way into the NCAA tournament the way Georgia did last season.
South Carolina. Out of the bubble teams in the conference, things are pretty black and white for the Gamecocks: Beat the winner of Mississippi State-Georgia to have any shot at the NCAA tournament.
Vanderbilt. The Commodores went 7-3 to close conference play and have won their last three games by an average of 12.6 points per game. Vandy should win the opener against Alabama and then have a shot at making it an early exit for Bruce Pearl and his orange jacket.
Kentucky. I don’t know why I continue to believe this team can do anything in this tournament after falling flat on their face repeatedly down the stretch, but with Meeks, Patterson, and the basketball tradition, I have to believe the Wildcats can still make a run.
Auburn. The Tigers finished the season 8-1 and beat LSU at home on Saturday. Georgia made a run last year, and I expect Auburn to avoid the bubble all together and claim the automatic bid.