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And The Door Is Open…

Congratulations to Alabama for knocking off a tough Georgia team at home and potentially playing their way into the tournament.  But mor importantantly, congratulations to the Kentucky Wildcats for once again controlling their destiny to the two seed (and more importantly the first round bye) in the SEC tournament.  With the Georgia loss, no matter what Vanderbilt does tonight, if Kentucky beats Tennessee tomorrow they will earn the two seed.

Of course, this means the Cats have to find a way to win on the road… but you have to have the opportunity to succeed before you can, and they’ve got that opportunity now.

Let’s go Cats, take care of business.

Article written by Will Lentz

41 Comments for And The Door Is Open…



  1. Go Deep
    3:46 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    YES!! Let’s stomp the dirty snitches now and close this out!



  2. NLG
    3:48 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    If Vandy loses, and UK loses, Tennessee gets the bye…I can already hear the headlines about all they’ve had to overcome, blah blah blah….Need Vandy to win tonight to stop that crap (and obviously UK does as well…). Vandy = insurance.



  3. Computer Blue
    3:51 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    2 – I agree, pulling for Vandy tonight.



  4. The Door
    3:52 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Nothing gets Kentucky fans quite as excited as “a door”.



  5. Al's IndiCats
    3:52 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Need this win tomorrow CATS Drub those low down =dirty snitches in the ground



  6. RidgeRunner
    3:53 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    We will win tomorrow. This is our time, now. At this point in the season, the freshman label needs to go away -or- be earned. Man-up guys and show those orange-idiots who you are. Go Blue!



  7. Bret Michaels
    3:54 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Say what? UT is alive for a two seed? I thought with the UGA loss we were guaranteed at least the #3 East? F’ing Vols……



  8. KyTom
    3:57 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Nothing sucks like a Big Orange!!!



  9. holdmeclosertinydanson
    3:57 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    I’m so happy that I don’t have to root for Florida now.



  10. KyTom
    3:58 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    40 Things you’ll never hear a Tennessean say…..

    40. Oh I just couldn’t. Hell, she’s only sixteen.
    39. I’ll take Shakespeare for 1000, Alex.
    38. Duct tape won’t fix that.
    37. Lisa Marie was lucky to catch Michael.
    36. Come to think of it, I’ll have a Heineken.
    35. We don’t keep firearms in this house.
    34. Has anybody seen the sideburns trimmer?
    33. You can’t feed that to the dog.
    32. I thought Graceland was tacky.
    31. No kids in the back of the pickup, it’s just not safe.
    30. Wrasslin’s fake.
    29. Honey, did you mail that donation to Greenpeace?
    28. We’re vegetarians.
    27. Do you think my gut is too big?
    26. I’ll have grapefruit and grapes instead of biscuits and gravy.
    25. Honey, we don’t need another dog.
    24. Who’s Richard Petty?
    23. Give me the small bag of pork rinds.
    22. Too many deer heads detract from the decor.
    21. Spittin is such a nasty habit.
    20. I just couldn’t find a thing at Walmart today.
    19. Trim the fat off that steak.
    18. Cappuccino tastes better than espresso.
    17. The tires on that truck are too big.
    16. I’ll have the arugula and radicchio salad.
    15. I’ve got it all on the C drive.
    14. Unsweetened tea tastes better.
    13. Would you like your salmon poached or broiled?
    12. My fiance, Bobbie Jo, is registered at Tiffany’s.
    11. I’ve got two cases of Zima for the Super Bowl.
    10. Little Debbie snack cakes have too many fat grams.
    09. Checkmate.
    08. She’s too young to be wearing a bikini.
    07. Does the salad bar have bean sprouts?
    06. Hey, here’s an episode of “Hee Haw” that we haven’t seen.
    05. I don’t have a favorite college team.
    04. Be sure to bring my salad dressing on the side.
    03. I believe you cooked those green beans too long.
    02. Those shorts ought to be a little longer, Darla.
    01. Nope, no more for me. I’m drivin tonight.



  11. Dennis
    4:02 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Ok easy enough. All the Cats have to do is win on the road in the SEC for only the 2nd time all year. Somehow I do not feel confident as this could also be the last game Bruce the Cheat may coach at Tn. Hope so anyway. Can we win, no doubt. Will we win has yet to be seen since our only road win was at SC and that team is terrible. Go Cats now is the time to turn into a Champion and that is best accomplished by only playing 3 games.



  12. mattyice57
    4:04 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    what happens in the event of a 4-way tie for second? that’s what will happen if Vandy loses tonight and UK loses tomorrow.



  13. DJG
    4:06 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    It is funny how everyone says the SEC is weak but UK and TN beat the two top teams in the Big least with ease. Just to make it worse UK and TN are not even the top teams in the SEC. Anyone else think that the Big least is over hyped?



  14. barn
    4:07 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    if there is a 4way tie my head will explode



  15. TJ
    4:13 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    I would also like to know what happens in the event of a four-way tie.



  16. Mack
    4:15 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    If the CATS had taken care of business during the season we could focus on beating the Vols and not worry about other teams doing us a favor by beating another team for us so we could get a 2nd seed; it just not right.



  17. buckets
    4:16 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    If there’s a four way tie (UK and Vandy lose), then the seeding is as follows:
    E1 – UF, E2 – TN, E3 – UK, E4 – VU, E5 – GA, E6 – SC.
    The worst we can do is a 3 seed. We’ve got a 50% chance at a 2 seed. Oddly enough, Tennessee is either a 2 seed, or a 5 seed – no other options.



  18. AKA cold buckets
    4:17 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins is gonna lock down Hopson again. Cats by 9.



  19. I can't see the comments
    4:20 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    I’m bi-winning. I’m winning here and I’m winning there.

    Cats have won here tonight, tomorrow they have to win there. #bi-winning #tigerblood



  20. casey p.
    4:22 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    FYI Armageddon is currently on FX not TBS



  21. mattyice57
    4:23 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    17) how is the four way tie broken…what is the deciding criteria?



  22. J hood
    4:24 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    vols by 9……and no i’m not trolling. just telling it as it is!!



  23. BLUEGRASSROOTS
    4:25 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    With UGA losing there can not be a 4 way tie. You can go here for a complete breakdown of all scenarios. http://www.ukathletics.com/blog/2011/03/sec-tournament-scenarios-as-of-march-4.html



  24. SavannahCat
    4:30 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    12:
    If Tennessee wins, Kentucky loses, Vanderbilt loses, Georgia loses, Tennessee would be the No. 2 seed, Kentucky No. 3, Vanderbilt No. 4, Georgia No. 5

    – League records would be: Tennessee 9-7, Kentucky 9-7, Vanderbilt 9-7, Georgia 9-7



  25. SavannahCat
    4:31 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    That is a 4 way tie



  26. jorts4life
    4:34 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    4 way tie…first tie breaker is record among tied teams…Tenn 4-2, UK 3-3, Vandy 3-3, UGA 2-4. Tenn is the 2 seed and Georgia is the 5. UK/Vandy is decided by east division record…with each team losing UK would be 6-4, Vandy is 4-6 so UK gets the 3 and Vandy gets the 4. there’s a breakdown at http://www.kentuckysportsonline.com also



  27. BLUEGRASSROOTS
    4:40 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    OOPS, I guess there can be a 4 way tie. As of now the worst we will be is a 3 seed.



  28. buckets
    4:41 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    #21 As SavannahCat pointed out, the four way tie is all four having a 9-7 SEC record.
    A. The tie-breaker starts with Head-to-head (against all tied teams) records. UK(3-3),VU(3-3),GA(2-4),TN(4-2)
    So at this point, TN is E2 and GA is E5.
    B. To decide who gets the 3 seed b/n UK and Vandy, the division W-L records are looked at. UK(6-4),VU(4-6)
    So UK gets the E3 spot.

    We really need to root for Vandy this afternoon. If Vandy loses, then not only could Tennessee get the two seed, but they’d have a reason (seeding-wise) to play tomorrow. If Vandy wins, UT is a five seed regardless of whether they win tomorrow.



  29. steviegotloose
    4:45 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    28) with a vandy win tenn can be a 4 seed with a win..everything else is correct as you have it



  30. Josh
    4:47 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    NO, you all are still wrong. If there is a four-way tie it goes like this:

    2. UT = best record among four tied teams (UT 4-2, UK 3-3, VU 3-3, UGA 2-4)
    3. Vandy = they get the tiebreaker for a 3-way tie because of better record among 3 tied teams (VU 3-1, UK 2-2, UGA 1-3)
    4. UK = better record vs. East than UGA
    5. UGA

    We need a Vandy win, because then even if UK loses to UT, we still get the 3 seed:

    2. Vandy (10-6)
    3. UK (9-7) = all 3 tied teams 2-2 vs. each other, UT and UK same record vs. East, UK wins due to better record vs. Florida.
    4. UT (9-7) = better record vs. East than UGA
    5. UGA



  31. Wouldn't
    4:49 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    We wouldn’t even be taking about this if we would of beat a weak Georiga team, very bad Arkansas team, and a really bad Old Miss Team. We can’t beat those three teams on the road we won’t beat an Ok Tenn team



  32. Calipari
    4:51 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Who cares about the SEC tournament?



  33. buckets
    4:59 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    #30
    This is from the SEC site:

    “2. Three-Team Tie (or more): When three of more teams are tied for a division finish, the following procedure will be used in the following order until the tie is broken. If two teams remain tied after a tiebreaker provision, the two-team tiebreaker formula will be used. …”

    I’m reading that as after that first 4-way tie break provision is implemented, and TN gets the 2 seed and GA gets the 5 seed, the two team tie breaker starts to decide the 3 seed b/n Vandy and UK. Under that scenario, head-to-head is used first (UK and Vandy split), followed by record against the SECEast (UK gets it).
    However, if the tie breaker only picks out the top team, then starts over with the remaining three teams, your analysis is correct.



  34. buckets
    5:02 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    #29
    You’re right, GA would drop to the five seed, and UT would get the four.



  35. da
    5:23 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    We should root for FL tonight. If we lose tomorrow at least we would get the 4 seed instead of the 3, which is a much easier draw.



  36. mudcreekmark
    5:53 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    We don’t need the door opened for us. We are going to knock the door down ourselves come NCAA time!!! I think you’ll see a completely different team when win or go home time comes. Knight will continue what he’s done all season, Lamb will be consistent in knocking down long jumpers, Harrelson will run the floor harder that he has all year, but I think the key will be Miller. I think he’s finally seeing that he can dominate a game anytime he wants. When he puts his mind to it no one can stop him one on one.The only thing that may keep us from winning is Jones and his selfish ways. However, if he lets the game come to him and he works the ball inside out then we can beat anybody!!!!



  37. Mike
    6:29 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    I find it hysterical all you fools think living in Tennessee and Kentucky is such a difference, both are the south. Oh and the Bruce hate? LMAO HYPOCRITES.



  38. Blueburg
    6:40 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    “And the door is always open” ‘love that Dave & Sugar!



  39. Chris
    12:48 am March 6, 2011 Permalink

    “…congratulations to the Kentucky Wildcats for once again controlling their destiny to the two seed”

    Wow. Would this statment have been acceptable in November? Good grief.



  40. Chris
    12:49 am March 6, 2011 Permalink

    “…congratulations to the Kentucky Wildcats for once again controlling their destiny to the two seed”

    Wow. Would this statement have been acceptable in November? Good grief.



  41. Chris
    12:50 am March 6, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry about the double post.