Following Saturday's action, the field for the upcoming SEC tournament has officially been set in stone. Each of the conference's 14 teams will be vying for the SEC championship as we get under way from the Georgia Dome on March 12.
Florida absolutely dominated the SEC during regular season action, finishing the year with an 18-0 record in conference play. Ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 29-2 overall record and riding a 23-game winning streak, Florida is the clear favorite entering the tournament.
No. 25 Kentucky figures to be Florida's biggest competition; however, after an 84-65 drubbing at the hands of the Gators on Saturday, exactly how much the Wildcats will threaten Florida's reign appears to be minimal.
After Florida defeated Kentucky by its largest margin in series history, head coach Billy Donovan reflected on what his team has accomplished during a press conference recorded by ESPN.com:
When you invest four years likes these guys have invested, it means something to them. They're going to carry this with them for the rest of their lives. They're going to have their children and they're going to come back here and they're going to be remembered for what they've done. They've done something that's not happened here before.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari also commented on Florida's success and the need for his team to mature and step up:
They're that good. And if you don't come and play, you're going to get smashed. We took the fight to them a little bit. We made a game of it. All of a sudden we take the worst shots we've taken all season. Like, you've got to be kidding me. But that's what freshmen do.
Florida is certainly riding high right how, and Kentucky has some work to do if they are to challenge the top-seeded team.
Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas and Alabama also finished the season strong and could each be huge factors if they remain hot as the tournament progresses.
The Volunteers' hot streak has been overwhelmingly impressive:
Final: Tennessee 72, Missouri 45. Tennessee has won its last three games by a combined 93 points.— Josh Ward (@Josh_Ward) March 8, 2014
Still, anything can happen during tournament play. We have seen it all before. Cinderella teams come out of nowhere to upset some of the nation's strongest competitors. Slumping powerhouses have also been able to rise from the ashes and dominate tournament play as well.
These scenarios could all play out during the SEC tournament.
SEC Conference Tournament Winner (Top 3): 1. Florida 2. Kentucky 3. Missouri— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 8, 2014
This will be one of the most highly anticipated tournaments in March, as the star-studded SEC figures to provide a plethora of intense action. Let's take a look at the entire tournament schedule and viewing information to ensure that each memorable moment will not be missed.
|Time (ET)||Team 1||Team 2||TV Info|
|Wed., March 12|
|7 p.m.||No. 12 Auburn||No. 13 South Carolina||SEC TV|
|Following Game 1||No. 11 Vanderbilt||No. 14 Mississippi State||SEC TV|
|Thurs., March 13|
|1 p.m.||No. 8 Missouri||No. 9 Texas A&M||SEC TV|
|Following Game 3||Game 1 Winner||No. 5 Arkansas||SEC TV|
|7 p.m.||No. 7 LSU||No. 10 Alabama||SEC TV|
|Following Game 5||Game 2 Winner||No. 6 Ole Miss||SEC TV|
|Fri., March 14|
|1 p.m.||Game 3 Winner||No. 1 Florida||ESPNU|
|Following Game 7||Game 4 Winner||No. 4 Tennessee||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||Game 5 Winner||No. 2 Kentucky||SEC TV|
|Following Game 9||Game 6 Winner||No. 3 Georgia||SEC TV|
|Sat., March 15|
|1 p.m.||Game 7 Winner||Game 8 Winner||ABC|
|Following Game 11||Game 9 Winner||Game 10 Winner||ABC|
|Sun., March 16|
|3:15 p.m.||Game 11 Winner||Game 12 Winner||ESPN|
All SEC tournament action can be live streamed on ESPN3.
The complete tournament bracket can be found on SECDigitalNetwork.com.