canada africa partner reservation Could a conference tournament burst a team’s NCAA bubble?

Could a conference tournament burst a team’s NCAA bubble?


The SEC regular season is over and the conference tournament begins Tuesday in Hoover, Alabama. The conference had an unusual standings this season, with co-champions at the top and a five-way tie in the middle.

The SEC Tournament could help decide which of the unusually large number of bubble teams ultimately gets an NCAA Tournament bid. Although teams that are 13-17 in the league with a top-30 RPI have entered the regional leagues in the 14-team SEC era, giving every team in that range a bid would result in the league brings in a record number of 14 teams.

Here’s how the league is shaping up as the postseason approaches:

All rankings, records and statistics are valid as of the May 18 matches

1. Tennessee

Tennessee earned the top seed in the SEC Tournament — and by extension, the top seed in the power rankings — thanks to a tie in the Vols’ head-to-head win over Kentucky, even though the two teams are officially SEC co-players. champions.

File: 46-10 (22-8 SEC)

Last week: 2

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2. Kentucky

The tiebreaker may have cost Kentucky the top spot, but the Wildcats still clinched their first SEC championship since 2006. Kentucky is perfectly built for Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, but the Wildcats will first have to capture a super regional for the first time in the schedule. history.

File: 39-12 (22-8)

Last week: 1


Arkansas, ranked No. 2 in the SEC Tournament for winning the SEC West, may have the best pitcher in the country in Hagen Smith, but the lineup and rotation behind Smith are somewhat in flux. Can anyone else stand up for the Razorbacks?

File: 43-12 (20-10)

Last week: 3

4. Texas A&M

The Aggies will likely still get a national seed, but the rotation is down a bit from earlier this season. Still, Texas A&M has Ryan Prager, Evan Aschenbeck and the duo of Braden Montgomery and Jace LaViolette, which should take it far.

File: 44-11 (19-11)

Last week: 4

5. Mississippi State

Losing the final against Missouri was a tough pill to swallow for the Bulldogs, who might have fallen out of the host race without a run at Hoover. Mississippi State has one of the best pitching staffs in the league, but the offense has been fine.

File: 36-19 (17-13)

Last week: 5

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6. Georgia

Georgia likely cost itself a national seed by losing a home series to Florida. The Bulldogs have the opposite problem as Mississippi State: the offense, led by Golden Spikes prospect Charlie Condon, is exceptional, but the bullpen is shaky.

File: 39-14 (17-13)

Last week: 6

7. Alabama

What to do with the league’s five 13-17 teams? It turns out that there is a fairly clear mutual pecking order. Alabama is the only team in the bracket that hasn’t lost a series to another 13-17 team and also has series wins over Arkansas and Tennessee.

File: 33-21 (13-17)

Last week: 8

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8. South Carolina

South Carolina is currently ice cold and has lost its last six SEC games. But the Gamecocks are in pretty good shape for the NCAA Tournament, with a top-20 RPI and series wins over Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Florida.

File: 33-21 (13-17)

Last week: 7


Vanderbilt also finished the season poorly, going 2-9 in its last 11 SEC games. The Commodores fall into the middle of the head-to-head battle, having been swept by South Carolina but winning series against Florida and LSU.

File: 35-20 (13-17)

Last week: 9

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10. Florida

Florida won the series in Georgia, staying above .500 and on the bubble. The Gators have had some nice wins, but they border on simply losing too much to be taken seriously.

File: 28-26 (13-17)

Last week: 11

11. LSU

LSU may be the most fearsome of this group in a region, but the Tigers have the weakest resume. Not only do they have the worst RPI (30) and the second-worst Quadrant 1 record (7-13), they also don’t have a head-to-head win over any of the other 13-17 teams.

File: 36-20 (13-17)

Last week: 12

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12. Ole ma’am

Ole Miss took itself out of the postseason by being swept at LSU. The Rebels will be the only team in Hoover without a shot at a regional without the autobid.

File: 27-28 (11-19)

Last week: 11

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Missouri finished with nine SEC wins, and eight of those were by one point. The Tigers’ woeful offense wasn’t enough to earn a spot in Hoover.

File: 23-32 (9-21)

Last week: 13

14. Chestnut brown

After losing its first eight SEC series, Auburn won its last two and made a valiant effort to ruin rival Alabama’s season. Ultimately, the Tigers didn’t have enough weapons to pull this off.

File: 27-26 (8-22)

Last week: 14

Aria Gerson covers Vanderbilt athletics for The Tennessean. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @aria_gerson.

This article originally appeared in Nashville Tennessean: SEC baseball power rankings: How the postseason bubble shape up