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Looking ahead to the men's, women's SEC Tournaments

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2012SECBasketballTournament.jpg Incredibly, March is just days away. Regular seasons for both men's and women's college basketball are drawing to a close with conference tournaments to follow.

The Kentucky men have three regular season games remaining, while the women have just one game left at Mississippi State on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPNU. Both teams are well positioned to receive high seeds in their respective Southeastern Conference Tournament, with each having already clinched a share of the regular season title.

Since the tournaments are almost at hand, let's take a look at what the brackets could look like:

Men's tournament - New Orleans - March 8-11

UK's seed if the season ended today - No. 1
What UK needs to do to clinch the No. 1 seed - All the Cats need is one win in their final three games or one loss by second-place Florida in its last three outings.
Worst possible seed - No. 2
What has to happen to fall to No. 2 - UK would have to lose to Vanderbilt at home, Georgia at home and Florida on the road while Florida would have to win at Georgia, at Vanderbilt and at home against UK. UK would also then have to lose a tiebreaker, which would come down to the two teams' record against the No. 3 seed proceeding through the No. 12 seed.

No matter what happens, UK will receive a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament. If the Cats do clinch the No. 1 seed, they will play the winner of a matchup between the No. 8 and No. 9 seed at 1 p.m. on Friday. Through Thursday night's games, Arkansas and Ole Miss would face off in that 8-9 game.

In the semi-finals at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Kentucky would go up against either the No. 4, No. 5 or No. 12 seed. Through Thursday night's games, Alabama, LSU and Tennessee are tied for fourth place, while South Carolina would be the No. 12. UK would play in the final at 1 p.m. on Sunday if the Cats advance.

Women's tournament - Nashville - March 1-4


UK's seed if the season ended today
- No. 1
What UK needs to do to clinch the No. 1 seed - A win on Sunday at Mississippi State or a loss by Tennessee at home against Florida.
Worst possible seed - No. 2
What has to happen to fall to No. 2 - UK would have to lose to Mississippi State and Tennessee would have to hold serve against Florida. UK would also then have to lose a tiebreaker, which would come down to the two teams' record against the No. 3 seed proceeding through the No. 12 seed.

All in all, a very similar situation to the men, but in a more condensed timeframe. UK Hoops will have a first-round bye no matter what, but would face the winner of the 8-9 game on Friday at 1 p.m. As of today, the No. 8 seed is Florida and the No. 9 is Mississippi State.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., UK will face either the No. 4, No. 5 or No. 12 seed. Since five different teams could finish fourth or fifth and three could finish at No. 12 with a game to play, it's really not even worth it to go through the scenarios for who these teams could be.

All either team needs to worry about right now is winning its next game and everything will take care of itself.

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