Sec Mens Basketball Tournament Tickets
The SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, more often referred to as the SEC Tournament, is the conference tournament for basketball in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). It has been around since 1933 and was played in various time slots since. It was played in the 1933-34 season, the years between 1936 and 1952 and from 1979 till present day. The location of the tournament rotates, and this year it will be played at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a single-elimination tournament that has a total of 14 teams. If you happen to be supporting one of these 14 teams, you might want to grab these SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament tickets now.
Let’s take a look at what this tournament is all about.
What you should know about the SEC Tournament?
Before you head on to get these SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament tickets, you need to understand the rules of the game. The SEC Basketball Tournament is a college basketball level competition that involves 14 teams and is aired on ESPN/SEC Network. The location of the tournament rotates every few years and the current location is the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Previous venues that have hosted this game include the Georgia Dome, Louisiana Superdome, the Pyramid, Louisville Gardens, Rupp Arena and the BJCC Coliseum. The current champions are the Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats also have the honor of being the most championship game winners.
After expanding to 14 teams, thanks to the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, the rules of the tournament changed a bit. There are now four bottom seeds (#11 through #14) that play the opening games and the top four get a “double-bye” into the quarterfinals.
History of the Tournament
Between 1933 and 1950, the winner was decided via the tournament, except for in 1935. Starting in 1951, the rules for the determination of the winner changed a bit. A round-robin schedule was introduced and the winner was awarded based on the in-conference winning percentage. Between 1952 and 1964, the round robin comprised of 14 games and in 1965 and 1966, it was expanded to 16 games. In 1967-91, the round-robin schedule expanded to 18 games. In 1979, the tournament introduced a new feature which would see the winner receiving SEC’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. However, the official league champion remained the team that had the highest season record.
The leading championship winners are the Kentucky Wildcats, with a total of 29 championship games won. They have a huge lead on the second place Alabama Crimson Tides, who have won only 6 tournaments. The Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers have each won 4 times, followed by three-time winners Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Ole Miss Rebels, Vanderbilt Commodores and Georgia Bulldogs have each won 2 tournaments, followed by 1-time winners Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, LSU Tigers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Other than these, there are four teams that have yet to win a tournament. These include the Missouri Tigers, the South Carolina Gamecocks, Texas A&M Aggies and the Tulane Green Waves.
And now the arena is all set for this season’s games. For the 2017 tournament tickets, you can purchase the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament tickets from various places. Regardless of your age, you must present a ticket to be able to enter the venue. All tournament books contain seven tickets, one meant for each session. One ticket book would allow one person to enjoy the entire tournament. The tournament will begin on Wednesday and the first session would be general admission – first-come, first serve basis. Student passes are also available for as low as $10, through your schools only in a limited quantity.
Since the tickets are in a limited quantity, there will be no public sale for the 2017 tournament. So you are advised to get yours before they run out. The first game is all set to take place on the 8th of March, 2017 at 7:00 PM. The session 2 and 3 games will take place on Thursday 9th March, followed by session 4, 5, 6 and 7 on subsequent days. The action is going to be quite intense this time around as old rivals meet and Kentucky Wildcats face a great deal of pressure in defending their long held title. Will this year be another victory for the Wildcats again or will another champion rise from the ranks?
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