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Kentucky may need Missouri’s help to get SEC Tournament double bye

With one week left until the SEC Tournament, Kentucky’s seed is still very much up in the air. Arkansas’ win over Auburn last night threw a wrench into Kentucky’s path to the double bye to the point that we won’t know for sure whether the Cats will be a three, four, or five-seed until Saturday.

For Kentucky to secure the double-bye, they’re either going to have to win out or get a little help from Missouri. 

First thing’s first: Beat Ole Miss

Kentucky is currently a 9.5-point favorite vs. Ole Miss tonight. With a win, they would move to 10-7, placing them in a three-way tie for third with Florida and Arkansas. Using SEC tiebreakers, Florida would get the three seed (2-0 vs. UK & Ark.), leaving Arkansas and Kentucky tied with matching 1-1 records between the three teams. If the season was over tomorrow, Kentucky would get the four-seed because they beat Arkansas last week, but it doesn’t, which makes Saturday so important.

Here are the scenarios:

If Kentucky goes 2-0 = Three-seed

If the Cats take care of business tonight vs. Ole Miss and pull off a win vs. Florida in Gainesville, they will play the late game Friday night with a potential rematch with two-seed Tennessee looming in the semifinals.

If Kentucky goes 1-1 (beats Ole Miss, loses to Florida) and Missouri beats Arkansas = Four-seed

If Missouri beats Arkansas, they would enter a three-way tie with Kentucky and the Razorbacks for fourth. Kentucky would get the four-seed due to tiebreakers (UK 2-1, Missouri 2-2, Arkansas 1-2) and play Friday afternoon around 3 p.m. ET.

If Kentucky goes 1-1 (beats Ole Miss, loses to Florida) and Arkansas beats Missouri = Five-seed

If Arkansas knocks off Missouri in Columbia and Kentucky loses to Florida, the Razorbacks would jump the Cats in the standings, meaning Kentucky would play on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET.

If Kentucky goes 0-2 = Chaos

I can’t even go there. Don’t make me go there, Kentucky.

Missouri hosts Arkansas Saturday night at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Can I get a “GO TIGERS”?


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.

29 Comments for Kentucky may need Missouri’s help to get SEC Tournament double bye

  1. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    10:47 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

    If we need anyone’s help with two games to go we don’t deserve the double-bye. Weak that you’re even writing about scenarios.

    • CatsFanFrankfort
      11:15 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Weak that you decided to waste your own time by commenting on an article you don’t care for. Some people are interested in the scenarios. I found it very concise and helpful. I do agree with your first statement, but why bother being negative about a perfectly legitimate article?

    • jbrockman50
      11:22 am February 28, 2018 Permalink


    • Booby Petrino
      11:52 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Seriously? FL at FL on Senior Night is always a tough match up. And while I like our team and think we’re good, we’re not dominant and it’s perfectly logical to say we may lose that one.

    • ukcamel
      1:35 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      While you aren’t wrong per se, and we should be thinking about winning the next two games, people just like to know where we’d end up in various scenarios. If presenting this information upsets you, I think that’s a problem you need to work out with yourself, maybe with the help of a trained professional.

    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      2:14 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Hmmm…exactly which posters seemed to have a visceral reaction in this thread? Who needs therapy? Oh noes! Someone wrote a slightly negative, throw away comment about KSR!! What will we do?!

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    11:06 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Exactly. We win out to get a higher seed. We don’t win out, we get what we get, and we can’t complain.

  3. UKLugo
    11:12 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Just Win, Baby!!!

  4. Cokely53
    11:14 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Has Missouri been good at anything? Like ever?

  5. jbrockman50
    11:14 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Mrs. Thompson I think it is a great article and very needed for most fans who don’t know how it works exactly.

  6. JD
    11:17 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

    But what happens if we lose to ole miss but beat Florida?

    • BBNDan7
      12:02 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink


    • monteverdi
      12:29 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      1) Fans would lose their crap and go back to talking about how all of these players are human trash unworthy of wearing the uniform, threatening to boycott the tournament, and claiming we won’t even make the NIT, but if we do, we should turn it down because we aren’t good enough.
      2) It doesn’t seem like it matters which team we beat/lose to in this scenario because it doesn’t seem that Arkansas played Ole Miss this year and they dropped their game to Florida. But honestly, I’m not entirely sure how all the tiebreakers work out. I can guarantee #1 though.

    • monteverdi
      12:38 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Actually, if that happens, if Ark wins, they will be the 3 seed at 11-7 and UK/FL will be tied at 10-8 and 1-1 against each other, so it would go to record against each of the seeds starting at 1 and working down until the tie is broken. That would give FL the 4 seed because they beat Auburn, which will either be the 1 or 2 seed, and we lost to Auburn. (TN could be the 1, but that doesn’t matter here because TN won all three games over us and FL, so that’s a wash.)

    • Memphis UK Cat
      3:54 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      We will beat Florida!

  7. Smyrna_Cat
    11:30 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

    It is a bit silly to write about every possible scenario several times a week. Surely there is something more interesting to write about. And pretty weak to spend your time responding to a comment … on a fan forum … that you think is a waste of time. Kinda like this one, I suppose!

    • Booby Petrino
      11:54 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

      what else do you think she should spend her time writing about today? Some of us appreciate the scenarios spelled out. If you don’t like it, it’s really easy to keep scrolling and not complain about the post.

    • CatsFanFrankfort
      12:27 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      She is writing this when several league teams have one game remaining, and when the determination for the seeding can be explained very simply and plainly with a quick breakdown. What exactly is the problem here?

      I could argue that its weak to respond to a comment commenting on a comment on a fan forum, but that’s just silly.

    • ukcamel
      1:31 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Honestly I find this more interesting that the posts about some 17 year-old recruit eating a bologna sandwich and if that means they will commit to Kentucky. It saves me the time of figuring out the scenarios on my own, which I do if I can’t find them online.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      4:02 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Which player was that with the B sandwich?

  8. Alleykat16
    12:14 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Old furniture guy your comments are like your furniture old we’ve beat Florida at their house before its not like its not possible I think this team is starting to hit its stride GO CATS

  9. ballplayerstu
    2:32 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Play Porter!! Lol

  10. Smyrna_Cat
    4:01 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Lets see … upcoming game tonight … where is Mr Wynyard? … Status of Mr. Baker … what is going at with the NCAA … how did those swarmy reporters get info from the FBI study … has Cal’s recruiting approach changed because of money demands from recruits …. what is going on with the BAM issue … does the FBI think impact Bruce P and Auburn? … will wiseman change to the 2018 class? … how are the players in the G league doing? … is Aaron still playing for the US … What major teams will not make the NCAA … will UL go after a major coach? Who are the options … Does Padget deserve the coaching job …

    I don’t mind “what-ifs” … and at least this is getting to the end so it makes a bit more sense … just that we have been doing this for weeks and weeks …

    To each their own, though, but stop complaining about someone complaining … that is just silly.

    • 4everUKblue
      5:50 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      To be fair there’s no reason to write about the Bam issue because on one who knows anything is going to comment, only those who are assuming or guessing. That’s just one, but some of you other possible topics would be guess work as well. I’m not complaining about you complaining or anyone else….just an observation.

  11. catheaven
    4:13 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Thank you, Tyler, for taking the time to spell out all the scenarios. It makes my head spin. Please keep writing them as the week unfolds. Listened to Matt this morning, and I kind of liked where we ended up in the bracket should we lose to FL. I liked who we would end up playing better. Gives us a better shot at wining tournament. But I have to ask how that would impact us in NCAA seeding. Stressful!

  12. TB112162
    4:54 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s beat Mississippi first then worry about Saturday on Saturday.Florida will be a tough game but it is doable.The way I look at is if we play the way. Of have been the last 2 weeks we will be a tough out no matter where we are seeded in the SEC Tournament

  13. TB112162
    4:59 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Monteverdi Florida is 10-7 if they beat us they will be 11-7 and will be 10-8 Florida would be the 3 seed Arkansas win would make them 11-7 they would be the 4 seed if Arkansas loses we would’ve be the 4 seed they would be the 5th seed

    • monteverdi
      7:43 am March 1, 2018 Permalink

      Right. The question I was answering, however, was what happens if we lose to Ole Miss and beat Florida, which was a scenario not addressed in the OP.