2015 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2015 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Southeastern Conference held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee from March 11–15, 2015. The tournament consisted of five rounds and included all 14 SEC teams. Seeds 5 through 10 will receive a first-round bye, and the top four seeds will receive a "double bye" through the first round and second round. All games of the tournament were televised by the networks of ESPN, with the first three rounds on the SEC Network.[1][2]

2015 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season201415
Teams14
SiteBridgestone Arena
Nashville, Tennessee
ChampionsKentucky (29th title)
Winning coachJohn Calipari (3rd title)
MVPWillie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky)
Attendance106,521
TelevisionESPN and SEC Network
2014–15 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
#1 Kentucky180 1.000  381  .974
#21 Arkansas135 .722  279  .750
LSU117 .611  2211  .667
Georgia117 .611  2112  .636
Texas A&M117 .611  2112  .636
Ole Miss117 .611  2113  .618
Vanderbilt99 .500  2114  .600
Alabama810 .444  1915  .559
Florida810 .444  1617  .485
Tennessee711 .389  1616  .500
South Carolina612 .333  1716  .515
Mississippi State612 .333  1319  .406
Auburn414 .222  1520  .429
Missouri315 .167  923  .281
2015 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Seeds

Seed School Conference
record
Overall
record
Tiebreaker
1 Kentucky‡† 18–0 34–0
2 Arkansas 13–5 26–8
3 Georgia 11–7 21–11 3–1 vs. LSU, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss
4 LSU 11–7 22–10 3–2 vs. Georgia, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss
5 Texas A&M# 11–7 20–11 2–2 vs. Georgia, LSU, and Ole Miss
6 Ole Miss# 11–7 20–12 1–4 vs. Georgia, LSU, and Texas A&M
7 Vanderbilt# 9–9 19–13
8 Florida# 8–10 16–17 1–0 vs. Alabama
9 Alabama# 8–10 18–14 0–1 vs. Florida
10 Tennessee# 7–11 16–16
11 South Carolina 6–12 17–16 1–0 vs. Mississippi State
12 Mississippi State 6–12 13–19 0–1 vs. South Carolina
13 Auburn 4–14 15–20
14 Missouri 3–15 9–23
‡ – SEC regular season champions, and tournament No. 1 seed.
† – Received a double-bye in the conference tournament.
# – Received a single-bye in the conference tournament.
Overall records include all games played in the SEC Tournament.

Schedule

Game Time* Matchup# Final score Television Attendance
First round – Wednesday, March 11
1 6:00 p.m.
#12 Mississippi State vs. #13 Auburn
68–74 SEC Network 10,039[3]
2 8:30 p.m.
#11 South Carolina vs. #14 Missouri
63–54
Second round – Thursday, March 12
3 Noon
#8 Florida vs. #9 Alabama
69–61 SEC Network 10,563[4]
4 2:30 p.m.
#5 Texas A&M vs. #13 Auburn
59–66
5 6:00 p.m.
#7 Vanderbilt vs. #10 Tennessee
61–67 15,032[5]
6 8:30 p.m.
#6 Ole Miss vs. #11 South Carolina
58–60
Quarterfinals – Friday, March 13
7 Noon
#1 Kentucky vs. #8 Florida
64–49 SEC Network 18,205[6]
8 2:30 p.m.
#4 LSU vs. #13 Auburn
70–73OT
9 6:00 p.m.
#2 Arkansas vs. #10 Tennessee
80–72 13,135[7]
10 8:30 p.m.
#3 Georgia vs. #11 South Carolina
74–62
Semifinals – Saturday, March 14
11 Noon
#1 Kentucky vs. #13 Auburn
91–67 ESPN 19,232[8]
12 2:30 p.m.
#2 Arkansas vs. #3 Georgia
60–49
Championship – Sunday, March 15
13 Noon
#1 Kentucky vs. #2 Arkansas
78–63 ESPN 20,315[9]
*Game times in CDT. # – Rankings denote tournament seed

Bracket

[10]

  First round
Wednesday, March 11
SEC Network
Second round
Thursday, March 12
SEC Network
Quarterfinals
Friday, March 13
SEC Network
Semifinals
Saturday, March 14
ESPN
Championship
Sunday, March 15
ESPN
                                               
8 Florida 69  
9 Alabama 61  
  1 Kentucky 64
  8 Florida 49  
  1 Kentucky 91  
  13 Auburn 67  
12 Mississippi State 68  
13 Auburn 74  
  5 Texas A&M 59  
  13 Auburn 66  
  4 LSU 70
  13 Auburn 73OT  
1 Kentucky 78
2 Arkansas 63
7 Vanderbilt 61  
10 Tennessee 67  
  2 Arkansas 80
  10 Tennessee 72  
  2 Arkansas 60
  3 Georgia 49  
11 South Carolina 63  
14 Missouri 54  
  6 Ole Miss 58  
  11 South Carolina 60  
  3 Georgia 74
  11 South Carolina 62  

Game statistics

First round

SEC Network
March 11
6 p.m. CT
Mississippi State 68, Auburn 74
Scoring by half: 36–34, 32–40
Pts: C. Sword, 21
Rebs: C. Sword, 7
Asts: C. Sword, 4
Pts: K. Ross-Miller, 21
Rebs: K. Ross-Miller, 7
Asts: T. Lang, 3
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 10,039
Referees: Tony Greene, Joe Lindsay, Mike Nance
SEC Network
March 11
8:30 p.m. CT
South Carolina 63, Missouri 54
Scoring by half: 30–24, 33–30
Pts: S. Thornwell, 18
Rebs: T. Johnson, 7
Asts: S. Thornwell, 6
Pts: M. Gill-Caesar, 10
Rebs: J. WIlliams III, 11
Asts: K. Shamburger, 4
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 10,039
Referees: Anthony Jordan, Doug Shows, Ron Groover

Second round

SEC Network
March 12
Noon CT
Florida 69, Alabama 61
Scoring by half: 33–29, 36–32
Pts: D. Finney-Smith, 23
Rebs: D. Finney-Smith, 11
Asts: C. Chiozza, 4
Pts: Tied, 15
Rebs: R. Norris, 7
Asts: L. Randolph, 4
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 10,563
Referees: Tim Gattis, Ron Groover, Mike Nance
SEC Network
March 12
2:30 p.m. CT
Texas A&M 59, Auburn 66
Scoring by half: 33–23, 26–43
Pts: Tied, 11
Rebs: K. Roberson, 12
Asts: Tied, 4
Pts: K. Harrell, 25
Rebs: C. Bowers, 8
Asts: K. Ross-Miller, 4
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 10,563
Referees: Anthony Jordan, Kevin Fehr, Olandis Poole
SEC Network
March 12
6 p.m. CT
Vanderbilt 61, Tennessee 67
Scoring by half: 32–38, 35–23
Pts: D. Jones, 18
Rebs: D. Jones, 15
Asts: W. Baldwin IV, 5
Pts: J. Richardson, 22
Rebs: D. Reese, 7
Asts: K. Punter, 4
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 15,032
Referees: Antinio Petty, Tony Henderson, Glenn Tuitt
SEC Network
March 12
8:30 p.m. CT
Ole Miss 58, South Carolina 60
Scoring by half: 27–24, 33–34
Pts: L. White, 17
Rebs: Tied, 7
Asts: S. Moody, 3
Pts: M. Carrera
Rebs: Tied, 7
Asts: T. Johnson, 5
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 15,032
Referees: Pat Adams, Joe Lindsay, Lee Cassell

Quarterfinals

SEC Network
March 13
Noon CT
Kentucky 64, Florida 49
Scoring by half: 31–27, 33–22
Pts: Tied, 13
Rebs: K. Towns, 12
Asts: T. Ulis, 4
Pts: J. Horford, 15
Rebs: D. Finney-Smith, 8
Asts: K. Hill, 4
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 18,205
Referees: Tony Greene, Joe Lindsay, Pat Adams
SEC Network
March 13
2:30 p.m. CT
LSU 70, Auburn 73 (OT)
Scoring by half: 28–24, 36–40 Overtime: 6–9
Pts: K. Hornsby, 24
Rebs: J. Martin, 15
Asts: Tied, 3
Pts: K. Harrell, 29
Rebs: C. Bowers, 10
Asts: K. Ross-Miller, 5
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 18,205
Referees: Antinio Petty, Lee Cassell, Tim Gattis
SEC Network
March 13
6 p.m. CT
Arkansas 80, Tennessee 72
Scoring by half: 45–25, 35–47
Pts: B. Portis, 26
Rebs: B. Portis, 11
Asts: A. Beard, 5
Pts: J. Richardson, 22
Rebs: J. Richardson, 10
Asts: J. Richardson, 3
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 13,135
Referees: Doug Shows, Mike Nance, Patrick Evans
SEC Network
March 13
8:30 p.m. CT
Georgia 74, South Carolina 62
Scoring by half: 33–26, 41–36
Pts: M. Thornton, 15
Rebs: Y. Maten, 10
Asts: C. Mann, 4
Pts: D. Notice, 20
Rebs: M. Carrera, 8
Asts: S. Thornwell, 6
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 13,135
Referees: Anthony Jordan, Ron Groover, Tony Henderson

Semifinals

ESPN
March 14
Noon CDT
Kentucky 91, Auburn 67
Scoring by half: 47–29, 44–38
Pts: W. Cauley-Stein, 18
Rebs: W. Cauley-Stein, 7
Asts: T. Ulis, 6
Pts: A. Mason, 23
Rebs: D. Waddell, 5
Asts: Tied, 1
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 19,232
Referees: Mike Nance, Olandis Poole, Doug Shows.
ESPN
March 14
2:30 p.m. CDT
Arkansas 60, Georgia 49
Scoring by half: 25–17, 35–32
Pts: M. Qualls, 15
Rebs: B. Portis, 12
Asts: N. Babb, 3
Pts: Tied, 13
Rebs: M. Thornton, 12
Asts: J.J. Frazier, 4
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 19,232
Referees: Lee Cassell, Tony Greene, Antinio Petty.

Championship game

ESPN
March 15
Noon CDT
Kentucky 78, Arkansas 63
Scoring by half: 41–25, 37–38
Pts: W. Cauley-Stein/An. Harrison, 15
Rebs: W. Cauley-Stein, 10
Asts: Aa. Harrison/T. Ulis, 6
Pts: M. Qualls, 18
Rebs: R. Madden, 4
Asts: R. Madden, 2
Bridgestone Arena
Attendance: 20,315
Referees: Pat Adams, Tony Greene, Doug Shows.

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