SEC Basketball Tournament Bracket 2017: Complete Field Set

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

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SEC Network returns to Nashville, Tenn. this week to televise the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament set to the familiar tune of Music City's own singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Hunter Hayes.

The top four seeds - Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, and SC - all have bye weeks for the first two rounds of the tournament until Friday's quarterfinals.

The conference could get four teams in the tournament-Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas-while Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss need to do some serious work to earn a tourney bid.

No. 5 seed Alabama and No. 6 seed Ole Miss have off until the second round on Thursday, while a doubleheader kicks things off on Hump Day.

The SEC Tournament opens play on Wednesday, March 8 with two matchups - Auburn (11) vs. Missouri (14) and Mississippi State (12) vs. LSU (13).

When does your favorite squad take the court?

Players to watch: Vanderbilt center Luke Kornet averaged 17.0 points, 7.5 points and 3.0 blocked shots in his last four games. (SEC Network); (5) Alabama vs. Mississippi State-LSU victor, 3 p.m. (SEC Network); (2) Florida vs. Vanderbilt-Texas A&M victor, 7 p.m. Ole Miss-Auburn/Missouri victor, 9 p.m.

Mississippi State-LSU victor vs. No. 9 Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Sunday: Championship, 1 p.m. (ESPN).

Auburn-Missouri victor vs. No. 6 Ole Miss, 9 p.m.

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