Will the No. 4 seed please stand up?

Going into Thursday night, there was a three-way tie for that highly coveted fourth seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, which starts March 5 in Duluth, Ga.

Even though each of the three teams, Kentucky, Florida and Louisiana State, all played Thursday night, the three-way tie remains with three games left to play. Oh, and Vanderbilt was added to the mix.

The fourth seed is key because it provides a double bye in the league tournament.

Remaining schedules for each team:

  • Florida (17-9, 7-6): at No. 4 South Carolina, at Vanderbilt, No. 16 Texas A&M
  • Kentucky (19-7, 7-6): at No. 16 Texas A&M, at Mississippi State, Vanderbilt
  • Louisiana State (18-8, 7-6): Arkansas, Tennessee, at Alabama
  • Vanderbilt (18-8, 7-6): Alabama, Florida, at Kentucky


If a tie still remains after these final games, Florida would own the tie-break over Kentucky with its two wins this season over the Cats. UK would own the tiebreak over LSU by virtue of its win in Lexington last month. The Tigers beat the Gators in their one head-to-head meeting.

Vanderbilt has a win over LSU, but has yet to play UK or Florida yet. So there’s still a lot to be decided over the next week or so.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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