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SEC baseball tiebreaker breakdown

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for SEC LOGO UK BLUE.jpgAnother wild, wacky weekend in Southeastern Conference baseball action has created a logjam for the final two spots in the SEC Tournament.

Once thought to be out of the race, the Kentucky baseball team finds itself on the inside of the tournament heading into the final series of the year after sweeping LSU last weekend for only the second time in school history.

Four teams -- Kentucky, LSU, Tennessee and Alabama -- are tied for the final two spots in the tournament at 12-15. No team in that group can finish better than seventh and no team can finish worse than 10th. What order seven through 10 will be after next week is anyone's guess, as evidenced by last week's seismic shift.

If the season were to end today, Kentucky would be in the tournament in Hoover, Ala., as the No. 7 seed, trumping the other three teams at 12-15 because of a four-way tiebreaker (that would have been crazy to imagine four days ago).

In the case of a four-way tie (or three-way tie), seeding is based on each team's combined record against the other tied teams. UK and LSU, both owners of 6-3 records against the tied teams, would get in over Tennessee (2-4 against tied teams) and Alabama (1-5) if the season ended today. UK would earn the No. 7 seed over LSU because of the head-to-head tiebreaker, in which Kentucky would win because of this weekend's sweep over the Tigers.

Tennessee and Alabama play each other this coming weekend, so chances are the loser of the series will be out of the race.

The most important thing for Kentucky heading into the final weekend against a struggling Georgia team is that it controls its own destiny. If the Cats win all three, they're in. If LSU wins two against Mississippi State, Kentucky must win two. If LSU wins just one and Tennessee or Alabama does not sweep, UK needs to only win one as well.

There is a lot that could happen this weekend, but the bottom line is UK just needs to take care of its own business. Win and you're in; lose and you have to hope the other teams falter as well.

1.) Florida: 20-7 (vs. South Carolina)
     South Carolina: 20-7 (at Florida)
3.) Auburn: 17-10 (at Ole Miss)
4.) Ole Miss: 16-11 (vs. Auburn)
     Arkansas: 16-11 (at Vanderbilt)
6.) Vanderbilt: 15-10 (vs. Arkansas)
7.) Kentucky: 12-15 (at Georgia) - four-way tie: 6-3 record vs. tied teams
     LSU: 12-15 (at MSU) - four-way tie: 6-3 record vs. tied teams
     Tennessee: 12-15 (vs. Alabama) - four-way tie: 2-4 vs. tied teams
     Alabama: 12-15 (at Tennessee) - four-way tie: 1-5 vs. tied teams
11.) Mississippi State: 5-22 (at LSU)
12.) Georgia: 3-22 (vs. Kentucky)

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