SEC Dance Card Update

SEC Dance Card Update
February 24, 2012, 6:00 pm
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The Southeastern Conference schedule still features three regular-season games on the slate, and there is the SEC Tournament on the first weekend of March that could shift some things around, but as of Friday at 1 p.m. ET the SEC likely has four teams in, one that's almost in, two teams on the bubble, and five with no shot at the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

In: Kentucky (4), Florida (17), Vanderbilt (25), Alabama (30)
Almost In: Mississippi State (58)
On the Bubble: LSU (62), Ole Miss (68)
Out: Arkansas (86), Tennessee (102), Georgia (114), Auburn (124), South Carolina (174)

Number in parenthesis is current RPI ranking

Alabama has won five of seven games even though suspensions to major contributors have rocked the program. The Crimson Tide are safe unless some basketball tragedy hits.

Mississippi State has two signature wins (Alabama and Vanderbilt) and four quality wins (West Virginia, Arizona, LSU and Ole Miss) to its resume alongside two bad losses (Georgia and Auburn). The Bulldogs have lost four games in a row but a win over Alabama on Saturday would likely seal their bid for the NCAA Tournament. If Mississippi State can't beat Alabama, it'll need to win a couple of games in the SEC Tournament to get a good look. I don't even want to think of what the Bulldogs would have to do if they don't get another SEC win prior to the conference tournament.

LSU has won four games in a row, two of which were over Alabama and Mississippi State. The Tigers are one of the hotter teams in the conference and play a gentle schedule (Ole Miss, Tennessee and Auburn) to finish the season. If they can get to the SEC Tournament unscathed, LSU may only have to avoid an opening-round loss to get into the 'Big Dance'.

Ole Miss is hanging onto its bubble status by a thread with three-straight losses and six losses in its last eight games. The Rebels have to win out (LSU, Arkansas and Alabama) and then do some damage in the SEC Tournament or they'll be NIT-bound, for sure.

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