The Kentucky Wildcats can win No. 9 Saturday but not the No. 9 that they expected would be on the line with the season winding down.
UK will play host to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2020-21 regular-season finale and will look to finish the season with nine wins overall.
The Cats and Gamecocks were previously scheduled to play on December 29 in what would’ve been each teams’ SEC opener, but the game was postponed due to COVID-19 issues at South Carolina.
Frank Martin’s Gamecocks have been impacted as much as anyone in the country by COVID, which has made this season a challenge as they will come to Rupp Arena with a 6-13 record and 4-11 conference mark.
South Carolina defeated UK last season with a buzzer-beater in Columbia and have won two of the past three previous matchups between the two programs. The Gamecocks have not won recently at Rupp Arena, however. Their last win in Lexington came in 2009 during the final year of the Billy Gillispie era.
While a win over the Gamecocks won’t help the Cats build an NCAA Tournament resume, it can move them up a spot in the SEC Tournament seeding. They are currently slated as the eighth seed and can not go any higher. With a win or a loss paired with losses by Mississippi State to Auburn and a Georgia to Alabama they’d secure the eight-seed.
They could also fall down a spot or two as with a loss, Mississippi State win over Auburn and Georgia loss to Alabama, they’d be the nine seed and with a loss and wins by both Mississippi State and Georgia, they’d be the 10-seed.
Will Kentucky win and lockup the eight-seed? Or will they fall and risk a fall in the final SEC standings?
Vote in the poll below on who wins and what UK’s final seed will be:
Who wins Kentucky or South Carolina and what will UK’s SEC Tournament seed be?
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Yes. 8-seed secured
No, but MS State and UGA lose so 8-seed it is
No. MS State wins, UGA loses, 9-seed
No, MS State and UGA win, 10-seed