Seeding scenarios

Despite holding down fifth place in the East heading into the regular season's final weekend, the Tennessee Vols still have a chance to earn a first-round SEC Tournament bye as the division's No. 2 seed.

The scenario isn't all that far-fetched, either.

If Alabama beats visiting Georgia and Florida beats homestanding Vanderbilt on Saturday, then Tennessee beats Kentucky on Sunday, the Vols will be seeded No. 2 in the Eastern Division. Of course, Tennessee also could be seeded No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5, depending on how the three games mentioned above play out.

What follows is a look at the various scenarios:

If Tennessee (8-7) beats Kentucky (9-6), Alabama (11-4) beats Georgia (9-6) and Florida (12-3) beats Vanderbilt (9-6), the Vols are seeded No. 2.

Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Vanderbilt all finish 9-7 in SEC play but the Vols get the East's No. 2 seed by virtue of tiebreaker No. 1, which is record versus the other tied teams. Tennessee will have a 4-2 mark (2-0 vs. Vandy, 1-1 vs. UK, 1-1 vs. Georgia), Kentucky a 3-3 mark (1-1 vs. UT, 1-1 vs. Vandy, 1-1 vs. Georgia), Vandy a 3-3 mark (2-0 vs. Georgia, 0-2 vs. UT, 1-1 vs. UK) and Georgia a 2-4 mark (1-1 vs. UT, 1-1 vs. UK, 0-2 vs. Vandy). Kentucky and Vandy split their head-to-head meetings but the Wildcats would be seeded No. 3 by virtue of a better divisional record (6-4) than the Commodores (4-6). Vandy would be seeded No. 4 and Georgia No. 5.

If Tennessee beats Kentucky, Georgia beats Alabama and Florida beats Vanderbilt, the Vols are seeded No. 3.

Georgia gets the No. 2 seed by virtue of a 10-6 SEC record. Tennessee, Kentucky and Vandy tie for third at 9-7 but UT is the No. 3 seed by virtue of a 3-1 record vs. the other tied teams (2-0 vs. Vandy, 1-1 vs. UK). At 2-2, Kentucky (1-1 vs. UT, 1-1 vs. Vandy) would be seeded fourth and, at 1-3, Vanderbilt (0-2 vs. UT, 1-1 vs. UK) would be seeded fifth.

If Tennessee beats Kentucky, Alabama beats Georgia and Vanderbilt beats Florida, the Vols are seeded No. 4.

Vanderbilt gets the No. 2 seed by virtue of a 10-6 SEC record. Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia finish with matching 9-7 records and each went 1-1 against the other two. Georgia would be seeded No. 5 because it had a worse divisional record (4-6) than Tennessee (6-4) and UK (6-4). The Cats would be the No. 3 seed because they went 1-1 vs. the division's No. 1 seed, Florida, whereas the Vols were 0-2 vs. the Gators.

If Tennessee beats Kentucky, Georgia beats Alabama and Vanderbilt beats Florida, the Vols are seeded No. 5.

Vanderbilt and Georgia finish 10-6 but Vandy gets the No. 2 seed by virtue of a 2-0 head-to-head record vs. the Dawgs. Georgia would be the No. 3 seed. Both Tennessee and UK would be 9-7 in the league, 1-1 head to head (tiebreaker No. 1) and 6-4 in divisional play (tiebreaker No. 2). Tiebreaker No. 3 gives Kentucky the No. 4 seed by virtue of a 1-1 record vs. the division's top seed, Florida, whereas UT was 0-2 vs. the Gators. Tennessee would be seeded fifth.

If Kentucky beats Tennessee, the Vols are the No. 5 seed, no matter what happens in the Georgia-Alabama and Florida-Vanderbilt games.


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