SEC men's basketball championship history

The Southeastern Conference holds an annual men’s basketball competition in which the championship winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament beginning on March 17.

The SEC features 14 teams, including AlabamaArkansasAuburnFloridaGeorgiaKentuckyLSUMississippi StateMissouriOle MissSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexas A&MVanderbilt.

The tournament will begin on March 11 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

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Read below for a list of past champions.

2019: AUBURN

The Auburn Tigers team after winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Auburn Tigers, March 17, 2019, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Auburn Tigers team after winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Auburn Tigers, March 17, 2019, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Auburn defeated Tennessee, 84-64, to win the championship game and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament where they advanced to the national semifinal before losing by one point to Virginia. Bryce Brown was named MVP.

2018: KENTUCKY

Kentucky won its fourth consecutive title after defeated Tennessee, 77-72. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was named tournament MVP.

2017: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Arkansas, 82-65, to win the championship title. De’Aaron Fox was named tournament MVP.

2016: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Texas A&M, 82-77, in overtime to win the championship game. Tyler Ulis was named tournament MVP.

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2015: KENTUCKY

Kentucky defeated Arkansas, 78-63, to win the championship game. Willie Cauley-Stein was named tournament MVP.

2014: FLORIDA 

The Florida Gators beat the Kentucky Wildcats by just one point, 61-60, to earn their fourth SEC championship title. Scottie Wilbekin was named tournament MVP.

2013: MISSISSIPPI 

The Ole Miss Rebels defeated Florida, 66-63, to earn their second championship title. Marshall Henderson was named tournament MVP.

2012: VANDERBILT

Vanderbilt beat Kentucky, 71-64, to win its second championship title. John Jenkins was named tournament MVP.

2011: KENTUCKY

Kentucky easily won back-to-back championship games after defeating Florida, 70-54. Darius Miller was named tournament MVP.

2010: KENTUCKY

The Wildcats beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs by just one point in overtime, 75-74. John Wall was named tournament MVP.

2009: MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi State won its third title after beating Tennessee, 64-61, in the championship game. Jarvis Varnado was named tournament MVP.

2008: GEORGIA

Georgia won its second championship title after defeating Arkansas, 66-57. Sundiata Gaines was named tournament MVP.

2007: FLORIDA

Al Horford was among the stars on the mid-2000s Gators teams. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Al Horford was among the stars on the mid-2000s Gators teams. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Florida won three back-to-back titles after defeating Arkansas, 77-56. The Gators went on to also win back-to-back national champion title’s that year. Al Horford was named tournament MVP.

2006: FLORIDA

Florida defeated South Carolina, 49-47, to win an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament where they went on to win the national championship. Taurean Green was named tournament MVP.

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2005: FLORIDA

Florida defeated Kentucky, 70-53, to win the championship title. Matt Walsh was named tournament MVP.

2004: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky won back-to-back titles after defeating Florida, 89-73. Gerald Fitch was named tournament MVP.

2003: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Mississippi State, 64-57, to win the championship game. Keith Bogans was named tournament MVP.

2002: MISSISSIPPI STATE

Mississippi State defeated Alabama, 61-58, to win the championship game. Mario Austin was named tournament MVP.

2001: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky beat Mississippi, 77-55, to win the championship game. Tayshaun Prince was named tournament MVP.

2000: ARKANSAS 

Arkansas won its only championship title after defeating Auburn, 75-67. Brandon Dean was named tournament MVP.

1999: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky won three consecutive championship titles after defeating Arkansas, 76-63. Scott Padgett was named tournament MVP.

1998: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated South Caroline by 30 points to win the 1998 championship title. Wayne Turner was named tournament MVP.

1997: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Georgia, 95-68, to win the championship game. Ron Mercer was named tournament MVP.

1996: MISSISSIPPI STATE

Mississippi State defeated Kentucky, 84-73, to win the championship game. Dontae’ Jones was named tournament MVP.

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1995: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky won four consecutive titles after beating Arkansas, 95-93, in overtime. Antoine Walker was named tournament MVP.

1994: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky beat Florida, 73-60, to win the championship game. Travis Ford was named tournament MVP for the second year in a row.

1993: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated LSU, 82-65, to win the championship game. Travis Ford was named tournament MVP.

1992: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Alabama, 80-54, to win the championship game. Jamal Mashburn was named tournament MVP.

1991: ALABAMA 

Alabama won three consecutive titles after defeating Tennessee, 88-69, to win the championship game. Allan Houston was named tournament MVP.

1990: ALABAMA 

Alabama beat Mississippi, 70-51, to win the championship game. Melvin Cheatum was named tournament MVP.

1989: ALABAMA 

Alabama defeated Florida, 72-60, to win the championship game. Livingston Chatman was named tournament MVP despite losing the title.

1988: KENTUCKY

Kentucky beat Georgia, 62-57, to win the championship game. Rex Chapman was named tournament MVP.

1987: ALABAMA 

Alabama beat LSU, 69-62, to win the championship game. Derrick McKey was named tournament MVP.

1986: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Alabama, 83-72, to win the championship game. LSU’s John Williams was named tournament MVP.

1985: AUBURN

Auburn beat Alabama, 53-49, in overtime to win the championship game. Chuck Person was named tournament MVP.

1984: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Auburn, 51-49, to win the championship game. Charles Barkley, retired NBA player, was named MVP despite not winning the title that year.

1983: GEORGIA 

Georgia beat Alabama, 86-71, to win the championship game. Vern Fleming was named tournament MVP.

1982: ALABAMA 

Alabama defeated Kentucky, 48-46, to win the championship game. Dirk Minniefield was named tournament MVP despite not winning the title that year.

1981: MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi defeated Georgia, 66-62, to win the championship game. Dominique Wilkins was named tournament MVP despite not winning the title that year.

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1980: LSU

LSU won its only championship title after defeating Kentucky, 80-78. DeWayne Scales was named tournament MVP.

1979: TENNESSEE 

Tennessee defeated Kentucky, 75-69, in overtime to win the championship game. Kyle Macy was named tournament MVP despite not winning the title that year. He was also the first MVP ever-named in the conference tournament.

1953-1978: NO TOURNAMENT WAS HELD

1952: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated LSU by just one point to win the championship title in a, 44-43, game.

1951: VANDERBILT 

Vanderbilt defeated Kentucky, 61-57, to win the championship game.

1950: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky won its seventh consecutive title after defeating Tennessee, 95-58, in the championship game.

1949: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Tulane, 55-38, to win the championship game.

1948: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky beat Georgia Tech, 54-43, to win the championship game.

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1947: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Tulane, 55-38, to win the championship game.

1946: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated LSU, 59-36, to win the championship game.

1945: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Tennessee, 39-35, to win the championship game.

1944: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Tulane, 62-46, to win the championship game.

1943: TENNESSEE

Tennessee defeated Kentucky, 33-30, to win the championship game.

1942: KENTUCKY

Kentucky defeated Alabama, 36-34, to win the championship game.

1941:TENNESSEE 

Tennessee defeated Kentucky, 36-33, to win the championship game.

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1940: KENTUCKY

Kentucky won back-to-back championships after defeating Georgia, 51-43.

1939: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Tennessee, 46-38, to win the championship game.

1938: GEORGIA TECH

Georgia Tech won its only title after defeating Mississippi, 58-47.

1937: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky defeated Tennessee, 39-25, to win the championship game.

1936: TENNESSEE

Tennessee defeated Alabama, 41-25, to win the championship game.

1935: NO TOURNAMENT WAS HELD

1934: ALABAMA 

Alabama defeated Florida, 41-25, to win the championship game.

1933: KENTUCKY 

Kentucky won the first-ever Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship title after defeating Mississippi, 46-27.