By Barca Blog - The 2009 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament bracket is set. Vanderbilt, the No. 5 seed in the East, will face Alabama, the No. 4 seed in the West, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CT after the Crimson Tide upset Tennessee, 70-67, earlier today. The winner will take on the Vols, the No. 1 seed in the East, on Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Alabama ended the regular season strong, winning four of their last five conference games. The Commodores defeated the Tide in their only meeting, 79-74, on February 5 at Memorial Gym.
The SEC Tournament will be held at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., which is the same location as the Commodores' NCAA First Round loss to Siena last March.
Here's the complete SEC Tournament bracket (Times CT):
First Round - Thursday, March 12 (Raycom)
G1: Kentucky (E4) vs. Ole Miss (W5) - 12:00 p.m.
G2: Miss. State (W3) vs. Georgia (E6) - 2:15 p.m.
G3: Alabama (W4) vs. Vanderbilt (E5) - 6:30 p.m.
G4: Florida (E3) vs. Arkansas (W6) - 8:45 p.m.
Second Round - Friday, March 13 (Raycom)
G5: G1 Winner vs. LSU (W1) - 12:00 p.m.
G6: G2 Winner vs. South Carolina (E2) - 2:15 p.m.
G7: G3 Winner vs. Tennessee (E1) - 6:30 p.m.
G8: G4 Winner vs. Auburn (W2) - 8:45 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, March 14 (Raycom)
G9: G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner - 12:00 p.m.
G10: G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner - 2:15 p.m.
Finals - Sunday, March 15 (CBS)
G11: G9 Winner vs. G10 Winner - 12:00 p.m.