SEC Selection Time: Week One

Another nutty season in the SEC means that we are still not certain who will be where on Selection Sunday. Two things are certain: 1. The SEC tournament in New Orleans will play a big part in getting teams into the NCAA. 2. Kentucky is pretty good.

SEC West
Alabama
SEC Seed right now: 3rd in West
1st round in SEC tourney: Vanderbilt
How to get into the NCAAs: Alabama needs to get over the .500 mark in the SEC in order for them to climb into the NCAAs. Tuesday night's game against Georgia is a must win for the Tide. Things get no easier for Bama when they visit the 2nd hottest team in the SEC in Tennessee this weekend. Bama still gets South Carolina and LSU later in the schedule, but they have not won a road game all season long.
This week: vs. Georgia; at Tennessee

Auburn
SEC Seed right now: 1st in SEC West
2ND round in SEC tourney: the winner of the LSU/Georgia game
How to get into the NCAAs: I think that if Selection Sunday were right now, the Tigers would get in. However, should Auburn fail to get over the .500 mark (which is possible with games against Florida, two games against State, and at both LSU and Ole Miss) they will need to make a run in the SEC tournament. If Auburn wins both games this week, they will likely win the SEC West.
This week: vs. State (for first place in the West); at Ole Miss.

Arkansas
SEC Seed right now: 6th in SEC West
1st round in SEC tourney: Tennessee
How to get into the NCAAs: Like the other bottom feeding teams in the SEC, Arkansas will have to win the SEC tournament to get in to the NCAAs. They have used strong SEC tournament performances in the past to get into the NCAAs, but this season they will have to win it all in New Orleans. Kentucky should beat Arkansas like a drum this week.
This week: vs. Kentucky; at LSU

LSU
SEC Seed right now: 5th in SEC West
1st round in SEC tourney: Georgia
How to get into the NCAAs: The only way that LSU can get into the NCAAs is to finish the season winning 4 of its next 5 conference games. That would leave the Tigers with a 7-9 record in the SEC. That, coupled with the fact that LSU beat Arizona earlier in the year should get the Tigers in.
This week: vs. Arkansas.

Ole Miss
SEC Seed right now: 4th in SEC West
1st round in SEC tourney: South Carolina
How to get into the NCAAs: Ole Miss' situation is similar to that of LSU. The Rebels need to get somewhere around .500 in the SEC and go from there. However, Ole Miss does not have that one marquee win from earlier in the season to hang their hats on. Ole Miss played virtually no one in their pre-SEC schedule and that is going to hurt them.
This week: vs. Auburn

Mississippi State
SEC Seed right now: 2nd in SEC West
1st round in SEC tourney: the winner of the Tennessee/Arkansas game
How to get into the NCAAs: This week will go a long way to determining what seed that State will get in the NCAAs. Of course I have to always insert a declaimer that should State fall apart in these final games, they might be left out in the cold come Selection Sunday. If State were to win both of their games this week, I think that they will wrap up the SEC West shortly thereafter, and thus, will have guaranteed themselves a spot in the NCAAs.
This week: at Auburn (for 1st place in the West); at Kentucky

SEC East
Georgia
SEC Seed right now: 4th in the SEC East
1st round in SEC tourney: LSU
How to get into the NCAAs: Georgia needs to win two more SEC games and they are in the NCAAs. They have played the most difficult schedule in the nation and it will get no easier with Florida and Kentucky still remaining. Georgia plays Alabama Tuesday night in a big game. Right now Georgia has one win on the road in the SEC. They will need to have at least one more (at South Carolina in March) to secure a .500 mark in the conference.
This week: at Alabama; vs. South Carolina

Florida
SEC Seed right now: 2nd in SEC East
1st round in SEC tourney: winner of the Vanderbilt/Alabama game
How to get into the NCAAs: Florida is in the NCAAs. But. the Gators will not catch Kentucky for the SEC title. In fact, Florida might be caught by Tennessee for 2nd place in the East if the Gators slip up at Kentucky, Georgia, or Vanderbilt. All three are losable games.
This week: vs. New Orleans; at Vanderbilt

Kentucky
SEC Seed right now: 1st in SEC East
1st round in SEC tourney: winner of the South Carolina/Ole Miss
How to get into the NCAAs: Kentucky is the best team in the nation right now. They will win the overall regular season SEC title in a matter of a few games. For UK, the time is now to start preparing for their NCAA run. They are a virtual lock to be a number one seed.
This week: at Arkansas; vs. State.

Tennessee
SEC Seed right now: 3rd in SEC East
1st round in SEC tourney: Arkansas
How to get into the NCAAs: Keep winning. I know that it's simple to say. Tennessee is the hottest team in the SEC besides Kentucky. The Vols have won 6 games in a row including wins over Florida and Georgia. Buzz Peterson's team could still catch Florida is their impressive play continues.
This week: at South Carolina; vs. Alabama

Vanderbilt
SEC Seed right now: 6th in East
1st round in SEC tourney: Alabama
How to get into the NCAAs: Vanderbilt must win the SEC tournament to get into the NCAAs. Winning at Georgia this past weekend would have made it possible for the Commodores to get in without running the table in the Big Easy. But now they find themselves 3-8 in the conference with Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee still waiting on their schedule.
This week: vs. Florida

South Carolina
SEC Seed right now: 5th in SEC East
1st round in SEC tourney: Ole Miss
How to get into the NCAAs: South Carolina will need to run the table and win the SEC tournament to get into the NCAAs. Now that is not impossible because Carolina has made runs in past SEC tourneys. But if they run into Kentucky or Florida they may as well forget it. Then again, the Cocks are hot. They have won their last three games and can beat Georgia (a team that they play twice in the coming weeks) as well as Alabama and Vanderbilt.
This week: vs. Tennessee; at Georgia


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