SEC tournament seeding update

semerson@macon.comMarch 1, 2014 

Georgia Mississippi St Basketball

Georgia players from left, Nemanja Djurisic (42), Brandon Morris, and Charles Mann (4) get instructions from coach Mark Fox, right during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Georgia won 75-55.(AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

JIM LYTLE — AP

There's one week left in the regular season, and other than the top spot, how the final SEC standings will look is very much up in the air: Georgia could end up finishing as high as second place (though not likely) and as low as a tie for sixth (also not likely.)

Right now Georgia sits alone in third place, and it controls whether it can finish that way. This week it hosts Mississippi State on Wednesday and visits LSU on Saturday. Win both games, and the Bulldogs finish at least in third place in the SEC, and get the third seed.

And we say "at least" because Georgia could conceivably pass Kentucky and finish in second place. But since the Wildcats hold the head-to-head tiebreaker, they could have to lose both their games this week, home against Alabama and at Florida.

If Georgia only goes 1-1 this week, then it will be at the mercy of Arkansas and Tennessee. Both of those teams are one game behind Georgia but hold the tiebreaker over the Bulldogs. So if Georgia goes 1-1 this week and both Arkansas and Tennessee go 2-2, then Georgia will fall to fifth. That's important, because the Bulldogs would fall out of the double-bye, instead of getting a bye into Friday's quarterfinals.

Tennessee's final two games: At Auburn, home against Missouri.

Arkansas' final two games: Home against Ole Miss, at Alabama.

Of course if Georgia loses both of its games this week it could fall even further, but probably not that far: It holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas A&M, three of the four teams tied for sixth place right now. It also holds the tiebreaker over LSU, but that could change if Georgia loses to the Tigers.

Here are the SEC standings entering the final week of the regular season:

Florida .............. 16-0
Kentucky .......... 11-4
Georgia ............ 10-6
Arkansas ........... 9-7
Tennessee ......... 9-7
LSU ................... 8-8
Ole Miss ............. 8-8
Missouri ............. 8-8
Texas A&M ......... 8-8
Vanderbilt .......... 7-9
Alabama ............ 6-10
Auburn .............. 5-11
South Carolina ... 3-12
Missisippi State .. 3-13

Here's the full SEC tournament schedule:

Wednesday
No. 12 seed vs. No. 13 seed, 7 p.m.
No. 11 seed vs. No. 14 seed, 30 minutes later

Thursday
No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed, 1 p.m.
12-13 winner vs. No. 5 seed, 30 minutes later
No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 seed, 7 p.m.
11-14 winner vs. No. 6 seed, 30 minutes later

Friday
8-9 winner vs. No. 1 seed, 1 p.m.
12-13-5 winner vs. No. 4 seed, 30 minutes later
7-10 winner vs. No. 2 seed, 7 p.m.
11-14-6 winner vs. No. 3 seed, 30 minutes later

Saturday
First semifinal, 1 p.m.
Second semifinal, 30 minutes later

Sunday
Championship, 3:15 p.m.

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