2002 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Scenarios

The following information takes a look at the Southeastern Conference tie-breaker procedures for the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament and how those tie-breakers could play out following the final weekend of conference games.

The following information takes a look at the Southeastern Conference tie-breaker procedures for the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament and how those tie-breakers could play out following the final weekend of conference games.

For a two-team tie: 1. head-to-head; 2. division record (10 games); 3. record vs. No. 1 team in division proceeding through the No. 6 team if necessary; 4. non-division record (6 games); 5. record vs. No. 1 team in the opposite division proceeding through the No. 6 team if necessary; 6. coin flip by the Commissioner.

For a three-team tie: 1. head-to-head among the tied teams; 2. division record (10 games); 3. record vs. No. 1 team in division proceeding through the No. 6 team if necessary; 4. non-division record (6 games); 5. record vs. No. 1 team in the opposite division proceeding through the No. 6 team if necessary; 6. coin flip by the Commissioner.

Once a three-team tie has been reduced to two teams, the two-team tiebreakers go in effect.


SEC CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Alabama has clinched the SEC title outright and currently has a 12-3 conference record.


    EASTERN DIVISION

  • If Florida wins at Kentucky...
    Florida would win at least a share of the Eastern Division title with an 11-5 conference record.

    If Georgia also wins against Tennessee, Florida and Georgia would both be 11-5. The teams split their season series so division record would be the deciding factor. Florida would get the No. 1 seed with an 8-2 division record. Georgia would be the No. 2 seed and Kentucky would get the No. 3 seed in the East.

    If Georgia loses to Tennessee, Florida wins the Eastern Division title and East No. 1 seed outright. Georgia (10-6) would be the No. 2 seed and Kentucky (9-7) would get the No. 3 seed in the East.

  • If Kentucky defeats Florida...
    Kentucky and Florida would both be 10-6 in conference play.

    If Georgia wins at Tennessee, Georgia would win the Eastern Division title outright and the East No. 1 seed with an 11-5 conference record. Kentucky would have swept Florida in their head-to-head series and would get the No. 2 seed. Florida would be the East No. 3 seed.

    If Georgia loses at Tennessee, all three teams (Florida, Georgia and Kentucky) would be 10-6. Georgia would win the tiebreaker with a 3-1 record versus the other two teams and would get the No. 1 seed in the East. Kentucky would have swept Florida in their head-to-head series and would get the No. 2 seed. Florida would be the East No. 3 seed. Florida, Georgia and Kentucky would share the Eastern Division title.

    A Georgia divisional title would mean that all 12 SEC teams have won at least a share of an SEC Divisional title since divisions were formed during the 1991-92 season.

  • South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are all tied at 6-9 in SEC play.
    If all three teams remained tied after Saturday's games regardless of all three teams losing or winning, South Carolina will earn the East No. 4 seed based on their 3-1 head-to-head record versus the other two teams.

    Tennessee and Vanderbilt split their head-to-head series and Vanderbilt would get the East No. 5 seed based on their 4-6 division record. Tennessee would then get the No. 6 seed in the East.

    In the case of a two-team tie, Vanderbilt holds the tiebreaker edge over South Carolina (1-1 record versus Kentucky) and Tennessee (4-6 division record). South Carolina holds the tiebreaker over Tennessee (head-to-head sweep).


    WESTERN DIVISION

  • Alabama has clinched the Western Division Championship outright. Alabama is the 11th different school to win an SEC Division title since the conference separated into divisions in 1991-92.

  • If Mississippi State wins at South Carolina....
    Mississippi State will earn the West No. 2 seed with a 10-6 conference record. Ole Miss will be the No. 3 seed in the West.

  • If Mississippi State loses at South Carolina and Ole Miss loses to Alabama...
    Mississippi State will earn the West No. 2 seed with a 9-7 conference record. Ole Miss will be the No. 3 seed in the West with an 8-8 SEC mark.

  • If Mississippi State loses at South Carolina and Ole Miss wins versus Alabama...
    Both teams will be tied at 9-6 in conference play. The two teams split the head-to-head series and would both have 6-4 records in the division. Ole Miss would win the tiebreaker based on its 2-0 record versus Arkansas.

  • If LSU wins at Auburn and Arkansas loses versus Vanderbilt...
    LSU will earn the West No. 4 seed outright with a 6-10 conference record. Arkansas (5-11) would be the No. 5 seed and Auburn (4-12) the No. 6 seed.

  • If LSU wins at Auburn and Arkansas wins versus Vanderbilt...
    Arkansas and LSU would be tied a 6-10 in SEC play. LSU would earn the West No. 4 seed based on its head-to-head sweep over Arkansas. Arkansas would be the No. 5 seed and Auburn (4-12) the No. 6 seed.

  • If LSU loses at Auburn and Arkansas loses versus Vanderbilt...
    Arkansas, Auburn and LSU would all be tied a 5-11 in SEC play. LSU would earn the West No. 4 seed based on its 3-1 head-to-head record against the other two teams. Arkansas would be the No. 5 seed and Auburn the No. 6 seed, based on Arkansas' season sweep of Auburn.

  • If LSU loses at Auburn and Arkansas wins versus Vanderbilt...
    Arkansas would earn the West No. 4 outright with a 6-10 conference record. Auburn and LSU would be tied at 5-11 in SEC play and both teams split their season series. LSU would win the tiebreaker and the No. 5 seed in the West based on their 5-5 division record. Auburn would be the No. 6 seed

    SEC Tournament First Round Byes
    Only Alabama and Georgia have clinched first-round byes. Alabama will be the top seed in the West and Georgia will be either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the East.

    Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are all still in contention for first round byes.


    Possible Seedings for the Tournament
    (Based on tie-breaker scenarios; Clinched in BOLD)

    1. East--Florida/Georgia
    2. East--Georgia/Kentucky
    3. East--Florida/Kentucky
    4. East--South Carolina/Tennessee/Vanderbilt
    5. East--South Carolina/Vanderbilt
    6. East--South Carolina/Tennessee

    1. West--Alabama
    2. West--Ole Miss/Mississippi State
    3. West--Ole Miss/Mississippi State
    4. West--Arkansas/LSU
    5. West--Arkansas/LSU
    6. West--Auburn


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