The SEC Basketball Tournament 2016 live stream and TV bracket schedule reveals the start of this popular conference championship tourney on Wednesday. Just two teams will play in the opening round, with the winner moving on to the next day’s action against No. 5 seed Vanderbilt. Texas A&M, Kentucky, South Carolina and LSU will be the top four seeds overall, and await competition in the quarterfinals round on Friday. Ironically, only three of those four seeds have been projected to make the Big Dance, leaving one to wonder if the school left out of the discussion could improve their chances with some big wins. The 2016 SEC live streaming and TV coverage comes via ESPN and SEC Networks through Sunday.
According to The Tennessean in their March 8 report, the first game of this tournament features No. 12 seed Tennessee as they get a home game against No. 13 seed Auburn. The two teams will battle it out with a prize of taking on No. 5 Vanderbilt in the second round on Thursday. During the past season, the teams split their two meetings with Auburn winning the earlier one 83-77 before getting blown out at Tennessee 71-45 in the second meeting. Robert Hubbs III had 20 points to lead his team in the rout, and with them playing in Tennessee at Bridgestone things could get messy if Auburn can’t find their shot.
The winner takes on the Commodores on Thursday, around 3 p.m. ET or so, as the second game on the schedule. In the first, Arkansas battles Florida at 1 p.m. ET. Later in the day, Alabama takes on Ole Miss at 7 p.m. ET, while Mississippi State takes on Georgia at 9 p.m. ET. All of these games are available for live streaming via the WatchESPN mobile apps or website for cable and satellite customers. Friday will bring the first action for No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 South Carolina and No.4 LSU, as these top seeds face the winners of Thursday’s second round games in the quarterfinals.
On Saturday comes the semifinals with four schools battling it out to determine the two who will face off for the championship on Sunday. That will take place just hours ahead of the Selection Sunday shows on ESPN and CBS, among other networks, as the brackets are revealed for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Joe Lunardi of ESPN currently projects the conference will get four seeds into the Big Dance. They include Kentucky, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Texas A&M, with Florida considered among the bubble teams listed as one of the “Last Four Out.” A deep run and some nice upsets could benefit the Gators as well as any other teams not being mentioned already from the conference.
The 2016 SEC Tournament gets started at 8 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday night with Tennessee vs. Auburn as the opening round matchup. Live television coverage will be available for United States viewers who have the SEC Network on their cable or satellite service. To watch the tournament live streaming online, cable and satellite viewers can log into the WatchESPN website or mobile apps where available. Sling TV also has SECN as part of its bonus sports package for subscribers. Live audio commentary from the tournament will be available on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, with the first game on channel 145 starting at 8 p.m. ET.