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The SEC Tournament will be played on the western banks of the Mississippi River for the first time when St. Louis, Mo, plays host to the 2018 event.

The SEC’s five teams in the Top 30 of the March 5 NCAA RPI are tied for the most in the nation: No. 7 Auburn, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 17 Kentucky, No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 30 Arkansas.

Nine SEC teams rank in the Top 75 of the RPI (2nd in the nation).

Thirteen SEC teams have Top 60 SOS, six are in the Top 25 and five are in the Top 10.

The SEC’s 124 Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 2 wins are 15 more than any other conference (as of March 5).

Six teams are receiving mention in the Associated Press Top 25 highlighted by Tennessee (13th), Auburn (16th) and Florida (23rd).  Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas A&M are receiving votes.

The SEC earned a 6-4 win in the fifth annual Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 27. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt each picked up wins to give the league the trophy.

The SEC led the nation with six former players being named NBA All-Stars. The Pac-12 has five selections, Big 12 three, Big East & Big Ten each had two while the ACC, Big Sky and Southern had one each.

SEC basketball teams won 75.4 percent of their regular season non-conference games in 2018. That is the best regular season non-conference winning percentage since 2006-07 (77.4 percent).

The SEC has implemented a collaborative process for instant replay for the 2017-18 conference season and conference tournament. More information about this process can be found on page 3 of this release.

Team/Individual Notes

Auburn and Tennessee shared the 2018 SEC Championship with 13-5 conference records. It is Auburn’s third SEC title and first since 1999. It is Tennessee’s 10th SEC championship and first since 2008.

SEC Co-Players of the Week – Florida’s Jalen Hudson, a 6-foot-6, 192-pound junior guard from Richmond, Va., and Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield, a 6-foot-5, 238-pound junior wing from Zion, Ill., were named SEC Co-Players of the Week. Hudson averaged 24.5 points in wins at Alabama and over No. 23 Kentucky. Hudson shot over 60 percent on the week from the field while shooting over 50 percent from behind the three point arch. Schofield averaged 23.5 points and five rebounds in wins at Mississippi State and Over Georgia. Schofield made 50 percent (17-of-34) of his field goal attempts on the week while helping lead Tennessee to a share of the SEC Championship.

SEC Freshman of the Week – Missouri’s Jontay Porter, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward from Columbia, Mo., averaged 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and five assists in wins at Vanderbilt and over Arkansas. First scored a season-high 24 points at Vanderbilt (Feb. 27) and followed up with 19 points in the regular season finale at home vs. Arkansas (March 3). His stat line of 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists at Vanderbilt was the first 20-5- 5 game accomplished by a Mizzou freshman since the 1998-99 season (Keyon Dooling).

Auburn’s Bruce Pearl and Tennessee’s Rick Barnes are among 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy for Men’s College Coach of the Year presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club..

Recent/Upcoming Games (All times Eastern):

Wednesday, March 7

12 Georgia vs.  13 Vanderbilt                                       SEC Network            7:00 pm

11 South Carolina vs. 14 Ole Miss                              SEC Network            9:00 pm

Thursday, March 8

8 Texas A&M vs. 9 Alabama                                         SEC Network            1:00 pm

5 Missouri vs. Game 1 Winner                                    SEC Network            3:00 pm

7 Mississippi State vs. 10 LSU                                      SEC Network            7:00 pm

6 Arkansas vs. Game 2 Winner                                   SEC Network            9:00 pm

Friday, March 9

1 Auburn vs. Game 3 Winner                                      ESPN                           1:00 pm

4 Kentucky vs. Game 4 Winner                                  ESPN                           3:00 pm

2 Tennessee vs. Game 5 Winner                               SEC Network            7:00 pm

3 Florida vs. Game 6 Winner                                        SEC Network            9:00 pm

Saturday, March 10

Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner                         ESPN                           1:00 pm

Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner                       ESPN                           3:00 pm

Sunday, March 11

Championship Game                                                      ESPN                           1:00 pm

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