SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament Brackets Are Set For Nashville ShowdownTournament returns to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in 2019. It will be the eighth time that the arena has served as the host of the SEC Tournament, having also hosted in 2001, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Also the home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena has the distinction of being one of the busiest venues in the Unites States, hosting more than 13 million guests during that time. Seating capacity is approximately 19,395 for basketball games.
It was announced in November 2018 that the SEC extended its agreement with the Nashville Sports Council that could make Music City the home of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament through 2035.
Under the terms of the new agreement, the tournament will be played in Nashville through 2030, with the exception of 2022, with an option to extend the agreement through 2035.
The winner of the 13-game tournament receives the SEC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament seeds are determined by the 18-game conference schedule during the regular season.
Teams are seeded 1-14 based on their regular season conference finish.
Atlanta served as host of the inaugural SEC Tournament played following the 1932-33 season and did so again after the 1933-34 season. The event was held every year through 1952, with the exception of 1935. After a 26-year layoff (1953-78), the tournament was renewed in 1979. The 2018 tournament will be the 59th in league history and the 40th since the renewal.
The event has helped set the stage for SEC teams in the NCAA Tournament, as 25 of the tournament champions since the tournament resumed in 1979 have advanced to at least the Sweet 16. Three of the last 13 SEC Tournament champions have gone on to win the national championship. Since the renewal in 1979, the SEC Tournament Champion has failed to win at least one NCAA Tournament game only four times.
Kentucky leads the league with 31 SEC Tournament titles. Alabama is second with six, while Tennessee and Florida are tied for third with four. Mississippi State has three championship trophies while Georgia, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt have two. Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and former league member Georgia Tech have each won one SEC Tournament championship.