You couldn’t ask for a much tougher way to finish an SEC season, especially with so much on the line. Georgia will come into Gainesville needing a win badly to pad its NCAA resume. Then, UF goes to Kentucky, which hasn’t lost at home and wants payback. Then the other SEC leader, Alabama, comes to the O-Dome. Finally, at Vanderbilt and its quirky gym.
Two really interesting weeks. Not much to play for. Just …
• The conference championship. It comes with a trophy. And rings.
• The SEC East title.
• A bye on the first day of the SEC Tournament. As I pointed out in an earlier blog, teams getting byes are 18-6 the last six years.
• Seeding in the NCAA Tournament.
Hey, it beats the alternative of playing just to try to make the tournament (Florida the last three years) or playing out the string (everyone in the West besides Alabama).
They had the mock selection committee come up with a brackets last week — some of the best journalistic minds in college basketball — and they had Florida seeded third playing in Tampa. That seems to be the consensus, but so much could change.
If Florida lost three of its last four, it could drop out of Tampa and as low as a six seed depending on the tournament.
If the Gators split the last four and go 1-1 in the tournament, they’d probably be a four or a five. Not sure Tampa would still be in the mix.
What if the Gators win out and reach the final of the tournament in Atlanta? Is a two seed a possibility?
There are so many possibilities — 16 regional sites, the potential to be seeded anywhere from second (it’s a reach) to seventh. Maybe I should let it come to me rather than get a headache thinking about what could happen.
It’s not March yet, but you can see it from here. Buckle up.