Saturday in the Southeastern Conference was about as wild as they come, with several SEC Tournament implications on the line. Alabama clinched the SEC Regular Season Championship on Wednesday night when they defeated Auburn at home. Nate Oats and his Crimson Tide traveled to Texas A&M on Saturday, when they would wind up short of the second-seeded Aggies.
On the plains, Saturday afternoon, Bruce Pearl and the Auburn Tigers welcomed Rick Barnes and the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee went into the game with Auburn needing a win over the Tigers to secure a double-bye for the Volunteers in the 2023 SEC Tournament. However, Auburn had other plans for Tennessee as they defeated Tennessee 79-70 to secure the 7th seed for the Auburn Tigers in the 2023 SEC Tournament. With the loss on Saturday to Auburn and a Missouri win, Tennessee will now fall to the 5th seed, where the Volunteers will play on Thursday afternoon against the winner of Ole Miss and South Carolina on Wednesday night.
Elsewhere around the Southeastern Conference, Kentucky went on the road to Bud Walton Arena and defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 88-79 to secure a double-bye and the three seed in the SEC Tournament. Kentucky will await the winner of the Vanderbilt and either LSU or Georgia.
Other games of interest will happen on Thursday when Mississippi State takes on Florida in the first game on Thursday morning. In the evening portion, it will be the Arkansas Razorbacks and Auburn in the first half of the evening session. Both programs are fighting like heck for an NCAA Tournament bid and could potentially give Southeastern Conference Basketball fans one of the most underrated matchups of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
All the action in the 2023 Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament will begin on Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee.