SEC men’s tournament preview: Team capsules, what to know and the schedule _lowres

LSU guard Tim Quarterman (55) smiles after being congratulated by teammate Keith Hornsby (4) in overtime at an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. LSU won 79-75. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Team-by-team preview

No. 1 seed Kentucky

Record: 31-0, 18-0 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 27 (last in 2011)

Tournament record: 121-25

Leading scorer: G Aaron Harrison (11.2)

Leading rebounder: F Karl-Anthony Towns (6.6)

Need to know: Wildcats tuning up for run at NCAA title, unbeaten season?

No. 2 seed Arkansas

Record: 24-7, 13-5

SEC tournament titles: 1 (2000)

Tournament record: 20-22

Leading scorer: F Bobby Portis (17.8)

Leading rebounder: Portis (8.7)

Need to know: Razorbacks try to regroup after being stung by LSU in regular-season finale.

No. 3 seed Georgia

Record: 20-10, 11-7

SEC tournament titles: 2 (last in 2008)

Tournament record: 41-52

Leading scorer: F Marcus Thornton (12.2)

Leading rebounder: Thornton (7.0)

Need to know: Can they go far without injured standouts Kenny Gaines and Juwan Parker?

No. 4 seed LSU

Record: 22-9, 11-7

SEC tournament titles: 1 (1980)

Tournament record: 46-54

Leading scorer: F Jarell Martin (16.9)

Leading rebounder: F Jordan Mickey (9.9)

Need to know: They’re flying high after huge road upset of Arkansas without Mickey.

No. 5 seed Texas A&M

Record: 20-10, 11-7

SEC tournament titles: 0 (twice lost in second round)

Tournament record: 1-2

Leading scorer: G Danuel House (14.8)

Leading rebounder: F/G Jalen Jones (6.6)

Need to know: Like Georgia, the Aggies have a key injury with House nursing a sprained foot.

No. 6 seed Ole Miss

Record: 20-11, 11-7

SEC tournament titles: 2 (last in 2013)

Tournament record: 30-50

Leading scorer: G Stefan Moody (16.6)

Leading rebounder: F Sebastian Saiz (5.4)

Need to know: Rebels will try to get back on track quickly after giving away No. 3 seed

No. 7 seed Vanderbilt

Record: 19-12, 9-9

SEC tournament titles: 2 (last in 2012)

Tournament record: 37-51

Leading scorer: C Damian Jones (14.3)

Leading rebounder: Jones (6.2)

Need to know: After rocky start, Commodores have gotten hot at just the right time.

No. 8 seed Florida

Record: 15-16, 8-10

SEC tournament titles: 4 (last in 2014)

Tournament record: 41-45

Leading scorer: F Dorian Finney-Smith (13.1)

Leading rebounder: Finney-Smith (6.0)

Need to know: Gators trying to make something out of an up-and-down season.

No. 9 seed Alabama

Record: 18-13, 8-10

SEC tournament titles: 6 (last in 1991)

Tournament record: 61-48

Leading scorer: G Levi Randolph (15.2)

Leading rebounder: F Michael Kessens (5.4)

Need to know: Crimson Tide is trying to keep it together after some key injuries.

No. 10 seed Tennessee

Record: 15-15, 7-11

SEC tournament titles: 4 (last in 1979)

Tournament record: 62-50

Leading scorer: G Josh Richardson (15.6)

Leading rebounder: F Armani Moore (6.8)

Need to know: They went 3-10 after a 4-1 start but could be capable of an upset.

No. 11 seed South Carolina

Record: 15-15, 6-12

SEC tournament titles: 0 (reached final twice)

Tournament record: 18-23

Leading scorer: G Duane Notice (11.4)

Leading rebounder: F Michael Carrera (5.6)

Need to know: Gamecocks can cause headaches with a defense belying 6-12 record.

No. 12 seed Mississippi State

Record: 13-18, 6-12

SEC tournament titles: 3 (last in 2009)

Tournament record: 29-51

Leading scorer: G Craig Sword (11.0)

Leading rebounder: F Gavin Ware (7.2)

Need to know: They’re near the bottom of the league in most offensive categories.

No. 13 seed Auburn

Record: 12-19, 4-14

SEC tournament titles: 1 (1985)

Tournament record: 27-51

Leading scorer: G KT Harrell (18.1)

Leading rebounder: F Cinmeon Bowers (9.7)

Need to know: Tigers have some talented players but certainly not enough of them.

No. 14 seed Missouri

Record: 9-22, 3-15

SEC tournament titles: 0 (reached quarterfinals twice)

Tournament record: 2-2

Leading scorer: F Johnathan Williams III (12.0)

Leading rebounder: Williams (7.0)

Need to know: Horrible season should certainly come to a quick, merciful end.

The schedule

Wednesday’s first round

Game 1: Mississippi State vs. Auburn, 6 p.m. [SEC]

Game 2: South Carolina vs. Missouri, after Game 1 [SEC]

Thursday’s second round

Game 3: Florida vs. Alabama, noon [SEC]

Game 4: Texas A&M vs. Game 1 winner, after Game 3 [SEC]

Game 5: Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee, 6 p.m. [SEC]

Game 6: Ole Miss vs. Game 2 winner, after Game 5 [SEC]

Friday’s quarterfinals

Game 7: Kentucky vs. Game 3 winner, noon [SEC]

Game 8: LSU vs. Game 4 winner, after Game 7 [SEC]

Game 9: Arkansas vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m. [SEC]

Game 10: Georgia vs. Game 5 winner, after Game 9 [SEC]

Saturday’s semifinals

Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, noon [ESPN]

Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, after Game 11 [ESPN]

Sunday’s final

Game 13: Semifinal winners, noon [ESPN]