It’s not quite as confusing as the seven-team logjam at 7-7, but the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball standings remain tightly bunched with only two games remaining for each team on the conference schedule.
Florida, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation and owns a 21-game win streak, has locked up the title and the No. 1 seed in the SEC tournament, which begins March 12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. It’s a mess beyond that.
Kentucky, which hosts Alabama on Tuesday then finishes up Saturday with a trip to play the Gators in Gainesville, Fla., almost certainly will get one of the four double byes despite a stunning 72-67 loss at South Carolina.
The Wildcats remain well positioned for the No. 2 seed, but there could be a shakeup coming among the next eight seeds.
Of course, the top four seeds are the most critical, because those teams receive a double bye into the tourney’s quarterfinal round.
Missouri, 20-9 and 8-8 in the SEC, has probably played itself out of contention for one of those spots. Too many teams would have to lose for the Tigers to vault that high.