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2015 NCAA Tournament: Who’ll be dancing from the SEC?


It’s Monday, Feb. 16 and fans of college basketball don’t have much longer to wait before they see their favorite teams play in their respected conference tournaments and possibly the NCAA Tournament. How many teams are going to come out of this conference? People can guess on who will get in, but an individual can’t be sure unless he or she takes a look at the team’s performance on the hardwood floor up to now.

This is how things look so far:

Kentucky Wildcats: 25-0 overall, 12-0 SEC

Kentucky is currently undefeated and has beaten everyone in its path as March is gradually approaching us all. The Wildcats defeated UCLA, Kansas, Louisville, Texas, and withstood strong offensive performances from Ole Miss and Texas A&M. No team has been able to dethrone Kentucky, which puts them as a lock for March even if the Wildcats lose a game from now until the SEC tournament.

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Arkansas Razorbacks: 20-5 overall, 9-3 SEC

Earlier in the season, Arkansas defeated a talented SMU team on the road, then suffered back-to-back losses on the road to Iowa State and Clemson. The Razorbacks could have thrown in the towel but why do that when there were still a lot of games to play? Arkansas has won four of its last five games, with its most notable win, besides the 78-72 win against the Mustangs, coming against Ole Miss on Saturday, which placed the Razorbacks in sole possession of second place in the SEC standings.

Arkansas does still have to play Kentucky, South Carolina, and LSU. Coach Mike Anderson’s team is currently in. If the Razorbacks can go 2-1 in that stretch, they are as good as gold for March.

Texas A&M Aggies: 17-7 overall, 8-4 SEC

Texas A&M lost to Baylor and Kansas State earlier in the season, but defeated a then-decent Arizona State team 72-71 at home. The Aggies had the No. 1 Wildcats defeated at home on Jan. 10 but, let that one get away. Since then, Texas A&M has went 8-2 with key wins over LSU on the road and defeated the bottom tier of teams in the SEC like Auburn, Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Florida. The Aggies are in, but a win over Arkansas on the road would put them over the hump without question.

Ole Miss Rebels: 17-8 overall, 8-4 SEC

Ole Miss defeated a defensive-minded Cincinnati team and took of business at Oregon. Let’s not forget, the Rebels lost to No. 1 Kentucky 89-86 inside Rupp Arena and Stefan Moody and Jarvis Summers put on an show, combining for 48 points on 14-for-27 shooting. Ole Miss key wins are against Arkansas, Florida (2), and Texas A&M. The Rebels still have to play Georgia and LSU. Get both wins or go 1-1 and they are a lock.

LSU Tigers: 18-7 overall, 7-5 SEC

The LSU Tigers, under third-year head coach Johnny Jones, haven’t done enough to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament. Defeating West Virginia on the road was great, thanks to a last minute scooping layup by Josh Gray, but losses to Missouri, Auburn, and Mississippi State haven’t helped LSU’s resume, since these teams aren’t in the conversation for an at-large bid. The Tigers have a chance to get revenge on the Aggies and the Tigers. Lastly, a win over the Razorbacks plus one or two wins in the SEC tournament would give the NCAA Committee something to think about.

Georgia Bulldogs: 16-8 overall, 7-5 SEC

The Bulldogs came up short to Arkansas and LSU at the beginning of conference play, but got quality wins over the Gators, Rebels and Aggies.

Here’s Georgia’s remaining schedule: South Carolina, at Alabama, at Ole Miss, Missouri, Kentucky, and at Auburn.

Defeating the Rebels and keeping it close against the Wildcats could do the Bulldogs justice. But losses to the Tigers (Missouri and Auburn), Crimson Tide, and Gamecocks could push them towards the NIT line.

As for the rest of the conference (Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Auburn, South Carolina, and Missouri), just play out the rest of the regular season and try your luck in the SEC tournament.

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