SEC: Who's in the NCAA Tournament?

HOOVER, Ala.- The conclusion of the SEC Tournament means some teams will begin to sweat their fate in the NCAA Tournament, while other teams can relax and see where the committee places them. The SEC looks likely to get eight teams in the NCAA Tournament this year, while the possibility of one more.

Florida: The Gators came into the SEC Tournament with a national seed locked up, but how high that seed was could still have changed. Florida won the tournament, and with a projected RPI of No. 3 and No. 2 strength of schedule, the Gators have an argument for the top overall seed. Either way, the Gators gained momentum in Hoover that could carry the team to a repeat berth in the College World Series.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks won only one game in Hoover, but that won't have any effect on their seeding for the NCAA Tournament. Ray Tanner's club is still a national seed after starting the tournament with the No. 6 RPI in the country. They have series wins over Florida, Vanderbilt and Clemson in the regular season and national championship rings on their fingers. As long as they win, South Carolina will play all of its games at home until the College World Series.

Vanderbilt: The Commodores lost only one game in Hoover, but it came to Florida in the tournament championship. Vanderbilt is a safe bet to be a national seed, giving the SEC three of them. The NCAA announced Sunday that the Commodres will host a Regional for the first time since 2007. The road to Omaha goes through Nashville.

Arkansas: Some teams needed wins in the Hoover to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament, but the Razorbacks needed a few to secure hosting a Regional during the first weekend. They lost their first game to Alabama before winning two against Mississippi State and the Crimson Tide. Arkansas came into the tournament with an RPI of 14, and their projected RPI moved up one spot to 13. Despite that, Fayetteville was not on the list of host sites announced by the NCAA on Sunday afternoon.

Mississippi State: Head coach John Cohen knew his team was a lock for the NCAA Tournament as the Bulldogs made their way to Hoover, but it was an opportunity to gain some confidence playing on a big stage. Mississippi State went two-and-out, but they were one swing away from beating the No. 3 seeded Gators. Cohen's team is likely a three seed in a Regional.

Georgia: The Bulldogs came into the SEC Tournament with a clear goal. They needed to win three games if they wanted to make the NCAA Tournament. It didn't look good after losing to Vanderbilt in the opener, but Georgia ripped off three straight wins over Auburn, South Carolina and Florida to secure their bid. Now, it wouldn't be surprising if they earned a No. 2 seed in a Regional. The Bulldogs came into the tournament with the No. 22 RPI, and that has lowered to 16. They're a good candidate as a two-seed at Clemson, Southern Mississippi or North Carolina.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide don't boast an offense with much power, but they're led by Nathan Kilcrease and Adam Morgan on the mound. They have the No. 36 RPI and No. 18 strength of schedule, which should fit them in as a No. 2 or No. 3 seed in a regional like Florida State, Georgia Tech or Southern Miss.

LSU: Fans from Baton Rouge didn't get to make the trip to Hoover after winning the past three conference tournaments, but they should be able to travel to a Regional. The Tigers missed the SEC Tournament, but their RPI of 23 should earn them a berth in the NCAA Tournament. LSU had the No. 33 strength of schedule, and its RPI was helped by an out of conference sweep of Cal State Fullerton. The Tigers make a lot of sense as a No. 3 seed at Texas, Texas A&M, Rice or even Southern Mississippi.

Ole Miss: The Rebels needed to root hard against Auburn and Georgia at the SEC Tournament. Half of it worked, as the Tigers will miss the NCAA Tournament, but Georgia wrapped up a spot. The Rebels still have hope to sneak into the tournament. Their RPI is projected at No. 41 in the country, which could find a way for them to sneak in after playing the No. 23 schedule in the country.

Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee didn't have a .500 record and are not eligible for the NCAA Tournament.

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