Will rainout hurt Gamecocks?

With just one weekend left in the regular season, the stakes are high for teams at the top of the standings. Will Sunday's rainout for South Carolina hurt their chances of winning the SEC Championship for the second consecutive year? Will Kentucky win its second regular season championship in school history? Will LSU win its fifteenth, the most in SEC history?

When third ranked South Carolina's game with Georgia was rained out Sunday, the Gamecocks lost ground to Kentucky, who swept its series with Alabama. However, all was not lost as fourth ranked LSU was beaten by Vanderbilt in ten innings. The Wildcats are now 18-9 in the SEC, South Carolina is 17-9, and LSU is 17-10.

In this situation, the bad may outweigh the good.

Carolina still knows that a series win this weekend against LSU will give them the advantage over the Tigers in the overall SEC Championship race. Regardless of the finish of Sunday's contest between LSU and Vanderbilt, the situation would have been the same; win the series or finish behind the Tigers.

With Kentucky's sweep over hapless Alabama, the Gamecocks are going to need at least a little bit of help from Mississippi State next weekend. Whatever the result of this weekend's series, Mississippi State would have to hand the Wildcats at least one more loss than the Gamecocks would lose.

Championship scenarios

South Carolina –
A series sweep of LSU and one Kentucky loss would give the Gamecocks the SEC Championship. A series win over LSU and a Kentucky series loss would give Carolina the SEC Championship.

LSU – A series sweep with South Carolina and two Kentucky losses would give the Tigers the SEC Championship. A series win over Carolina combined with a Mississippi State sweep of Kentucky would give LSU the SEC Championship. A tied record with the Wildcats would give the Tigers a share of the SEC Championship but Kentucky would be the number one seed in the SEC Tournament.

Kentucky – A series sweep over Mississippi State would give Kentucky the SEC Championship. A series win and LSU series win would give Kentucky the SEC Championship.

Florida – A series sweep of Auburn, a Mississippi State sweep of Kentucky, and LSU series win would give the Gators the SEC East and a share of the SEC Championship with LSU. There is no scenario where the Gators could win the SEC Championship outright.

SEC Standings


Kentucky 18-9, 41-11
South Carolina 17-9, 38-13
Florida 16-11, 38-14
Georgia 13-13, 29-22
Vanderbilt 13-14, 26-25
Tennessee 8-19, 24-27


LSU 17-10, 39-13
Ole Miss 14-13, 34-18
Arkansas 13-14, 35-17
Mississippi State 13-14, 31-20
Auburn 12-15, 28-23
Alabama 7-10, 18-33

SEC Tournament watch

The ten teams that will travel to Hoover for the SEC Tournament has already been determined. Alabama and Tennessee have both been mathematically eliminated from the SEC Tournament. The seeding for the tournament will not be determined until the end of the weekend. The Gamecocks can finish as high as the number one seed or as low as the number four seed. LSU has clinched the SEC West and will either be number one or number two.

If the season ended today, Kentucky would be the SEC Champion and the number one seed in the tournament.

1. Kentucky
2. LSU
3. South Carolina
4. Florida
5. Ole Miss
6. Georgia
7. Vanderbilt
8. Arkansas
9. Mississippi State
10. Auburn

Bracket one:

Game one: Florida vs. Mississippi State
Game two: Georgia vs. Vanderbilt
Note: Lowest seed of the two winners faces Kentucky. Highest seed winner gets bye.

Bracket two:

Game one: South Carolina vs. Auburn
Game two: Ole Miss vs. Arkansas
Note: Lowest seed of the two winners faces LSU. Highest seed winner gets bye.
Note: Bracket winners play for the SEC Championship on Sunday, May 27th

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