Alabama rolls into SEC tourney; Kentucky needs every win

Then the SEC shut it all down. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

NASHVILLE (AP) - The two Southeastern Conference Tournament games that the league got in last year were played with fans in the stands.

Then the SEC shut it all down. No trophy presented. No confetti shot into the air. A stunning end to the league's premier hoops event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A year later, the SEC Tournament will have yet another look with fan capacity limited to 20% or 3,400 at Bridgestone Arena and plans tested by the NHL's Nashville Predators for the past few weeks for physical distancing and as touchless an experience as possible.

"It's good to be back," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said.

The SEC Tournament will start Wednesday night with one game thanks to Auburn, the last team to win this event in 2019, self-imposing a postseason ban.