For the three teams tied for last in the standings -- Auburn, Mississippi State and South Carolina -- winning the SEC tournament would require five victories in five days. The league expanded its tournament from four days following the additions of Missouri and Texas A&M, which created a 14-member conference.
"I separate postseason play from regular-season play, but once you get in that moment you've got to handle what's in front of you," South Carolina coach Frank Martin said Monday. "I don't think there is anything you can do through the course of the year to possibly prepare you for that. You just have to stay in the moment and keep your team as fresh and as focused as you can."
The SEC tournament will open next Wednesday night with the 12th seed against the 13th seed followed by the 11th seed against the 14th seed.
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