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SEC Approves Schedules to Accommodate Expansion Schools

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The Southeastern Conference last week approved future regular season schedules and postseason schedule formats for six sports, but refrained from doing so for football. 

SEC presidents and chancellors agreed to schedules for men's basketball, women's basketball, soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and softball. The new formats accommodate the addition of Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC at the beginning of the 2025-26 athletic year. 

Future schedules for all other sports are still being discussed.

According Whole Hog Sports, the schedule changes the SEC announced Friday include: 

—Men's basketball teams will play 18 conference games: two permanent opponents home and away, one rotating opponent home and away, plus 12 remaining teams in single contests either home or away. The SEC men's basketball tournament will include all 16 teams competing in a single-elimination format. The top four seeds will continue to receive a bye through the first two rounds.

—Women’s basketball teams will play 16 conference games: one rotating opponent home and away plus the 14 remaining teams in single contests either home or away. The SEC women's basketball tournament will include all 16 teams competing in a single-elimination format. The top four seeds will continue to receive a bye through the first two rounds.

—Softball teams will play 24 conference games: a three-game series against eight rotating opponents. The SEC softball tournament will include all 16 teams competing in a single-elimination format.

—Soccer teams will continue to compete in a two-division format. Teams will play 10 league games: seven divisional opponents plus three cross-divisional opponents on a rotating basis. The SEC soccer championship will include 12 teams competing in a single-elimination format, with the top four seeds receiving a first-round bye.

—Men's and women's tennis teams will play every other team in the league in the regular season. All teams will compete in a single-elimination postseason championship, with the top four seeds receiving a bye through the first two rounds.


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