It is a single-elimination tournament that involves all league schools currently Its seeding is based on regular season records.
The winner receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Contents [ show ] Format The top two teams in both the Eastern and Western Divisions receive byes in the first round, while 3 in the East plays 6 from the West, 4 plays 5, etc.
The brackets are set up so that 2 will play the winner of the game involving 3 from the other division, and 1 will play the winner of the game involving 4 from the other division.
Barring an upset, the semi-finals will pit 1 from one division against 2 from the other division, and the championship game will feature the regular season winners of the two divisions, although this rarely happens in practice. From , the SEC Champion was determined by a tournament, except for Beginning in , a round-robin schedule was introduced and the SEC title was awarded to the team with the highest in-conference winning percentage.
From , the round-robin consisted of 14 games.
In and , it was expanded to 16 games. From , the round-robin schedule was 18 games.
The league also began awarding division championships. Since then, the feat has been accomplished twice, first in by Georgia.
The first seven games of the Men's Tournament were played at the Georgia Dome. MSU and Alabama returned after a minute delay to finish their game, but the last quarterfinal game of the day, between Georgia and Kentucky, was postponed until the next day, and the remaining four games of the tournament were moved to Alexander Memorial Coliseum at Georgia Tech.
Only credentialed individuals were allowed to attend, including players' families, bands, cheerleaders, and media. No other spectators were allowed in the building.