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Updated SEC Tournament bracket scenarios

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Cat Scratches’ Guy Ramsey has put together a comprehensive list of Kentucky’s remaining SEC Tournament seeding scenarios. Read below to see just what the Cats have to do to give themselves the best possible chance to impress the Selection Committee in Nashville.

1. UK defeats Florida.

If Missouri beats Tennessee, Ole Miss beats LSU and Alabama defeats Georgia, UK wins the four-way tiebreaker and receives the No. 2 seed based on its 2-1 record against Missouri, Ole Miss and Alabama. Missouri and Ole Miss are both 2-2 against tied teams in that case, Alabama 1-2.

If Missouri and Ole Miss win, UK wins the three-way tiebreaker for the No. 2 seed with a 2-0 record against tied teams.

If only Missouri and Alabama win, all three teams would have identical 1-1 records against tied teams. Missouri and Kentucky would both have 1-1 records against No. 1 seed Florida, while Alabama is 0-1. Missouri would then win the tiebreaker for the No. 2 seed with a 1-0 record against No. 4 seed Alabama. UK would be the No. 3 seed.

If only Ole Miss and Alabama win, all three teams would have identical 1-1 records against tied teams. UK would be the only team of the three with a win over Florida, so UK would win the tiebreaker for the No. 2 seed.

If only Missouri wins, UK wins the two-way tiebreaker for the No. 2 seed with a 1-0 head-to-head record against Missouri.

If only Ole Miss wins, UK wins the two-way tiebreaker for the No. 2 seed with a 1-0 head-to-head record against Ole Miss.

If only Alabama wins, Alabama wins the two-way tiebreaker for the No. 2 seed with a 1-0 head-to-head record against UK. UK would receive the No. 3 seed.

If Missouri, Ole Miss and Alabama all lose, UK finishes second outright and receives the No. 2 seed.

2. UK loses to Florida.

– Florida wins SEC title.

If Missouri beats Tennessee, Ole Miss beats LSU and Alabama defeats Georgia, UK receives the No. 5 seed.

If only Missouri and Ole Miss win, Alabama wins the two-team tiebreaker for the No. 4 seed based on a 1-0 record against UK. UK would receive the No. 5 seed.

If only Missouri and Alabama win, UK wins the two-team tiebreaker for the No. 4 seed based on a 1-0 record against Ole Miss.

If only Ole Miss and Alabama win, a three-team tiebreaker between UK, Tennessee and Missouri would be decided based on combined records against tied teams. UK and Tennessee would both be 2-1 and Missouri 0-2, so it would return to a head-to-head tiebreaker between UK and Tennessee. The two teams split the season series, so Tennessee would receive the No. 4 seed based on a 1-1 record against Florida. UK would be the No. 5 seed.

If only Missouri wins, UK, Ole Miss and Alabama would be tied at No. 3. Each team in the tiebreaker has a 1-1 record against other teams in the tiebreaker and all three teams are winless against Florida, so seeding would be determined based on records against No. 2 seed Missouri. UK would win the tiebreaker for the No. 3 seed based on its 1-0 record against the Tigers.

If only Ole Miss wins, Tennessee wins the four-team tiebreaker for the No. 3 seed based on a 3-2 record against UK, Missouri and Alabama. Alabama and UK would both be 2-2 against tied teams and Alabama would then win a head-to-head tiebreaker with UK for the No. 4 seed. UK would receive the No. 5 seed.

If only Alabama wins, UK, Tennessee, Missouri and Ole Miss would be tied for the No. 3 seed. UK would win the tiebreaker based on a 3-1 record against tied teams.

If Missouri, Ole Miss and Alabama all lose, there would be a five-way tie for the No. 2 seed. Ole Miss would win the tiebreaker with a 4-2 record against tied teams. UK would receive the No. 3 seed based on a 3-2 record against tied teams.

Here’s a question for those of you who were planning on making the trip to Nashville next week: has last night’s loss caused you to change your plans?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

41 Comments for Updated SEC Tournament bracket scenarios



  1. Nathan Arizona
    10:56 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    If a frog had wings his ass wouldn’t bump a ‘hoppin.



  2. UKMD
    10:57 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    YEP!



  3. UKMD
    10:58 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    IN REGARDS TO CHANGING PLANS FOR THE SEC TOURNEY



  4. CatGrad7072
    10:58 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    The old ‘iffin’ game is about all we are going to win.



  5. Josh
    10:59 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I wasn’t going to go but then I watched a Matthew McConaughey film and it changed my mind.



  6. pam
    11:01 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I live here in Nashville and am a diehard Wildcat fan, but this team has just laid down and died. I would LOVE to find someone to buy my tickets to the SEC tournament!!!!!!! They don’t even TRY!!!!!!!



  7. ajh
    11:02 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I’m still going even though it probably wont be as fun now. Oh well.



  8. ajh
    11:03 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Pam, how much do you want for them. I’m going down there anyways, so i might as well try to get tickets.



  9. Steve Fitts
    11:04 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Freudian slip, TT! It should be “loss caused” in your last sentence, not “lost caused”. But it is starting to look more and more like a “lost cause.” If we play by the “silver linings playbook” by seeking the good in bad situations (thank you, Jennifer Lawrence), one thing stands out–the NIT would likely mean more games at Rupp!!!



  10. davefromdagap
    11:04 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    What we’re witnessing here is the worst case scenerio with a one and done system. You cant have underachieving young players and succeed, thats certainly been the case with Goodwin, Poythres, Harrow to me just isn’t cut from the right cloth. Throw Nerlen’s injury in and here we are.



  11. nostalgiaguru
    11:11 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Still going down, sitting in uppers and have lowers to sell, [email protected]



  12. Hmmm
    11:11 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Either scenario UF has already won the outright title and celebrated on Wednesday night. Don’t need to beat UK to do it. Maybe a letdown?



  13. Hillsy
    11:11 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    The most likely scenario is that we lose to Florida, and both Missouri and Bama win, which would slot us as the 4-seed. We would play at 3:30 on Friday.



  14. #Rise
    11:12 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I come to the conclusion that NBA GM and owners are idiots if they take Poythress or Goodwin in the first round. Poythress gets outplayed almost every game. And yes, Goodwin shows flashes of brilliance when he isn’t shooting a jump shot or being out of control. But come on, 1st round?



  15. Butch
    11:12 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    What if Ole Miss Loses, Missouri and Alabama wins (thats the likely scenario), I didnt see that covered.



  16. Rockfield, KY
    11:13 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I bought my green St. Patty’s day UK SEC tourney shirt yesterday off the KSR shop too. I’m still all in for the tourney, it just may not last long for this team.



  17. Who wants to know
    11:14 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    What’s the scenario in which we don’t suck?



  18. Butch
    11:16 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    So UK can not be the 4 seed in any scenario, correct? That’s the Florida side of SEC Bracket



  19. ajh
    11:20 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    You guys should just try watching AP the whole game. Just watch him. He just floats around and is sooooooo passive. When Cal says that Kentucky is not for everyone, this is EXACTLY the case with AP.



  20. NashBlue
    11:24 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I live in Nashville, but wish I hadn’t spent the money for lower arena seats. But I did, so I will go.



  21. Sandy
    11:25 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    We should’ve beat Georgia yesterday.



  22. Tanya
    11:31 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    DUH Sandy…and Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and probably Louisville and Baylor and TX A&M



  23. Catfann01
    11:38 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I am still goinG. It will be a blast no matter what. I will cheer our cats on and I am still foolish enough to think that we can win the tournament. Neutral site we have played well.



  24. Indy Cat
    11:42 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Sandy – no way we should have beat Georgia last night. They were far better than we were (are). I think we have given up more offensive rebounds this season than in all of Cal’s seasons here combine. Rebounding is about posistion and ‘want’. We didn’t (haven’t) had either. Still a Cats fan – always will be – but there is nothing wrong with admitting that we are simply not that good of a team. Love ya Blue!



  25. Alamo_CatFan
    11:47 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I didn’t even waste my time reading the first scenario



  26. jim jim
    11:50 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Good god, I hate this current team !



  27. Donnie
    11:51 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Still going TT! I’m with them all the way. Go Big Blue!



  28. Ukclassof93
    11:51 am March 8, 2013 Permalink

    If I could sell my tickets I certainly would. This team doesn’t deserve the hundreds of dollars I am going to spend down there. As it is, I can’t get any takers for $100 off face value.



  29. CatFan
    12:03 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Still going – Nashville is a great town! I have extra tickets and a extra pre-paid hotel room. Email if you are interested – [email protected]



  30. STEVE!
    12:45 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    If we’re a 5 Seed, you’ll have to go down a day earlier than planned to see our first – and hopefully not last – game.



  31. STEVE!
    12:45 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    If we’re a 5 Seed, you’ll have to go down a day earlier than planned to see our first – and hopefully not last – game.



  32. PinkUKfan
    2:14 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Okay, educate me, people. When does the SEC tournament bracket get announced? Sunday evening?



  33. GoBlue
    2:17 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    @32: The bracket doesn’t really get “announced” like the NCAA – because everybody gets in and is seeded based purely on record. As soon as all the games are done on Saturday we’ll know where everyone stands and the just fill in the blanks.



  34. PinkUKfan
    2:18 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks, GoBlue!



  35. Steve
    2:27 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    The Nashville Chamber of Commerce will be supplying the 3 referees for the Kentucky-Florida game at Rupp Arena.



  36. SCCat
    2:33 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Steve, you are right about that. i just hope we can win with 8 on 5.



  37. UK ALL DAY
    2:53 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    OF COURSE IM STILL GOING TO NASHVILLE!!!

    See, unlike some of the players on this team, I NEVER GIVE UP ON KY!

    BBN baby! Win or lose we are the very best of all time! I better see y’all in Nashville!



  38. GoBigBlueRuss
    3:53 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Of course I am still going!!?? I never give up- NEVER!! GOBIGBLUE!!



  39. Katie
    5:08 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Got rid of rooms and tickets. Be glad when season is over so I don’t have to see Alex and Goodwin anymore.



  40. indiana tom
    6:39 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Going to Florida game. Honestly, that will be enough for me. GO CATS!



  41. cj
    11:26 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Will be there. Still bleed blue through the good, bad, and ugly. Cant go Wednesday 5 tickets for sale if anyone would want them. Cheap. [email protected] GO CATS!