March 3rd, 2014 10:51 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, Georgia, LSU, SEC
* Florida remains undefeated at 16-0 in the league
* Kentucky — a preseason pick by some to go undefeated — now have five league losses and eight overall
* After a 6-6 non-conference start, Georgia is in third place in the SEC just one game behind Kentucky
* Arkansas, Missouri, LSU and Tennessee have all managed to land squarely on the NCAA bubble and no better
* Alabama and Ole Miss have disappointed
* Did we mention Georgia is in third place in the SEC?
Below are the current SEC standings with the current RPI and strength of schedule numbers tossed in for good measure:
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Next Wednesday at the Georgia Dome, the SEC Tournament will commence with the bottom four teams in the league battling it out to reach the main body of the event. The league won’t say it, but these two games amount to play-in games. Three of those slots are already open and waiting for Auburn, South Carolina and Mississippi State. The worst remaining record from the current bunch at 8-8 (LSU, Missouri, Ole Miss or Texas A&M) will join the other three on the tournament’s opening night.
On Thursday, the winner of the 12-13 game will face the league’s #5 seed. As of today, that would be Arkansas. The Razorbacks are currently tied with Tennessee, but the Volunteers beat the Razorbacks head-to-head in Knoxville to gain the tiebreaker.
Also, the 11-14 winner will battle the SEC’s #6 seed. That could be almost anyone, but assuming Arkansas and Tennessee win out (which is a big assumption) the sixth seed will likely be one of those teams currently sitting at or 8-8.
Thursday also offers up an 8-9 game and a 7-10 game. Again, those figure to match teams who are currently 8-8 or 7-9.
The top four teams in the SEC get double-byes into Friday’s action. On the surface that’s a blessing, but the old Big East Tournament often saw lower-seeded teams get hot early and take down higher-seeded, double-bye teams that had gone a week between games. That said, everyone wants a double-bye.
Florida has already secured the top seed overall. For now, let’s keep the rest of the #2 through #4 battle simple. If Kentucky wins one game this week — against Alabama or at Florida — the Wildcats will lock up the #2 seed regardless of Georgia’s finish. The Wildcats knocked off the Bulldogs head-to-head.
Georgia can lock up the #3 slot if it wins out against Mississippi State and LSU on the road. And as noted above, if Tennessee wins out at Auburn and at home against Missouri, the Vols will get the final double-bye.
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