SEC Tournament scenarios for State

Mississippi State must climb two spots in the standings during its final series to qualify for the SEC Tournament. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Mississippi State must climb two spots in the standings during its final series to qualify for the SEC Tournament. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Mississippi State has backed itself into a corner and is currently the cellar dweller in the race for the Southeastern Conference Tournament entering the final weekend of the regular season.

The Bulldogs sport an 8-19 record in conference play having lost eight of its nine SEC series this spring. MSU is a half-game behind Tennessee and 1.5 games back from Georgia, who currently holds the 12th and final qualifying spot to advance to Hoover.

This Diamond Dogs travel to Tennessee for the final three-game series starting Thursday at 5 p.m. CT.

For State to claim the final spot in the SEC Tournament it would need to sweep the Volunteers and have Georgia lose its home series with Arkansas or take two from Tennessee and have the Razorbacks sweep Georgia.

The only other scenario that has the Diamond Dogs advancing to Hoover is to win twice against Tennessee and have Georgia lose with two rainouts. MSU would get in ahead of Georgia due to its lone win against top-seeded LSU (UGA went 0-2 against LSU).

The Bulldogs have reached the SEC Tournament in each of the last four seasons under John Cohen including a title in 2012.

SEC EAST CONF CONF % OVERALL HOME ROAD
Vanderbilt 18-9 .667 36-16 24-8 10-6
Florida 17-10 .630 38-14 26-5 11-8
Missouri 14-13 .519 28-24 12-12 7-11
Kentucky 12-14 .462 27-23 14-11 7-12
South Carolina 12-15 .444 30-22 23-9 6-12
Georgia 9-17 .346 24-26 15-14 9-12
Tennessee 8-18 .308 20-25 9-11 10-14
SEC WEST CONF CONF % OVERALL HOME ROAD
LSU 19-7 .731 43-8 28-6 11-2
Texas A&M 17-9 .654 42-9 30-6 9-3
Arkansas 15-11 .577 30-19 21-11 9-5
Ole Miss 14-13 .519 28-24 18-10 9-13
Auburn 12-15 .444 32-20 24-11 7-9
Alabama 11-16 .407 28-24 15-12 11-10
Miss St 8-19 .296 24-27 20-14 4-11

 

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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