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SEC Tournament Bracket Revealed

Updated: Mar 12, 2023

Let's go make some noise down in Nashville, amirite?

In just four days Kentucky will tip-off in their first game of the 2023 SEC Tournament down in Nashville. After an impressive 5 wins in their last six games of the season, they moved into 3rd place within the conference, sitting at 12-6 against the foes throughout the regular season. Since that is the case, this team will get to advance past the first two rounds which take place on Wednesday and Thursday night (March 8&9), having earned a double-bye and more importantly, a few extra days to rest and heal up.

Incase you've lived under a rock for the last few weeks, Kentucky has been without two of their four guards for many of the final games. Sahvir Wheeler has been out since Florida came to town (Feb. 4) and CJ Fredrick has missed a handful of games, only clocking in for four games since that date. As of late February, CJ has returned to the rotation but is still extremely limited in his mobility since recovering from a cracked rib. Not having him at full strength takes away from our overall guard play and our threat from the arc in shooting.

On top of all of that, Cason Wallace was ruled out just under an hour before Kentucky's matchup on Saturday as he tweaked his lower left leg against Vanderbilt the game before. Not having Wheeler or Wallace in takes away a combined 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists per game (numbers include games played by Wallace since Wheeler's absence). More importantly, it leaves Kentucky without a point guard!! So as Cason rehabs his left leg for a few more days, it will give him more time to evaluate if he can lace up on Friday evening or not. On the other hand, I think it's believed across the board that Sahvir Wheeler won't be suiting up for the first game of the conference tournament.

Kentucky has locked in a 3-seed for their trip down to Bridgestone Arena, facing the winner of (14) LSU/(11) Georgia vs. (6) Vanderbilt in the Friday late game, around 9:00 p.m. ET.

The Wildcats head into the tournament having picked up wins over:

  • LSU by 3

  • Tennessee (on the road) by 7

  • Georgia by 14

  • Texas A&M by 9

  • Vanderbilt (on the road) by 16

  • Ole Miss (on the road) by 9

  • Florida by 5

  • at Mississipi State by 3

  • Tennessee again by 12

  • Florida (on the road) again by 8

  • Auburn by 32

  • Arkansas (on the road) by 9

... While also having conference losses to:

  • Missouri (on the road) by 14

  • Alabama (on the road) by 26

  • South Carolina by 3

  • Arkansas by 15

  • Georgia (on the road) by 7

  • Vanderbilt by 2

Kentucky's spot in the bracket also helps them avoid 1-seeded Alabama until a potential Championship Game matchup on Sunday. They'll need just three total wins to take home their seventh SEC Championship under John Calipari and their 32nd for the program. Looking back on the recent history of the event, Kentucky has impressively made it to the final game in 8 of the last 12 tournaments.

4 fun facts (brought by UK's staff) to tell your friends as you head into the week
  1. The Wildcats are 135-28 all-time in the SEC Tournament, including 46-11 in the quarterfinals.

  2. Calipari’s teams at UMass, Memphis and Kentucky have been to 19 conference championship games, winning a remarkable 15 of them. Calipari is 58-14 (.806) all-time in conference tournaments, including 24-6 (.800) at UK. Calipari ranks third in SEC Tournament wins.

  3. The Wildcats are 5-5 all-time against Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament, but 4-2 against the Commodores in the quarterfinals. UK and Vanderbilt met just last season in the quarters with the Cats earning a 77-71 victory. The teams split their matchups during the regular-season with each visiting team claiming the victory.

  4. Kentucky is 12-1 all-time against Georgia in the SEC Tournament and 16-2 against LSU. UK is 6-1 against the Bulldogs in quarterfinals matchups and 5-1 against LSU.

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