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]