With Arkansas’ sweep of Alabama this past weekend, the top seeds heading into the SECHC Tournament are set with Arkansas (9-1-0, 18 PTS) taking the No. 1 seed out of the West and Florida (7-3-0, 14 PTS) taking the No. 1 seed out of the east.
While Mississippi State (0-9-0, 0 PTS) and Tennessee (1-8-0, 2 PTS) have been eliminated, solidifying the eight teams that will make the trip to Huntsville, some seeds are still left on the table as the final four games are played in the conference schedule this weekend.
Alabama (8-2-0, 16 PTS) has locked up the No. 2 seed in the West, but the final two spots will be decided with the out come of Ole Miss and Auburn’s two-game series this weekend.
Auburn (3-5-0, 6 PTS) will need to upset Ole Miss (5-3-0, 10 PTS) in both games in order to overtake the Rebels. Auburn will need to defeat Ole Miss twice in regulation or Overtime in order to tie Ole Miss and kick in the tie breaker (#1 – Head-to-Head Victories), which Auburn will hold.
In the east, South Carolina (4-6-0, 8 PTS) is locked into the No. 4 seed as the Gamecocks would lose a tiebreaker (#1 – Head-to-Head Victories) if Vanderbilt (4-5-0, 8 PTS) loses to Georgia this weekend.
Georgia (5-4-0, 10 PTS) and Vanderbilt’s game this weekend leaves the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds open. Georgia defeated Vanderbilt 6-5 in the first meeting this season. If Georgia wins, the Ice Dogs will take the No. 2 seed.
Georgia can also back into the No. 2 seed if they fall in a shootout to the Commodores, as the shootout loss will give Georgia one point, for 11 total points. Vandy’s will can only bring 10 points.
If Vanderbilt wins in regulation or overtime, the Commodores will take the No. 2 seed. Vanderbilt and Georgia would end the season with 5-5 records and a season split. The head-to-head split would cause tiebreaker two (divisional wins) to issue the top seed. Vanderbilt and Georgia each have four divisional wins heading into the final week. A Vanderbilt win would give the Commodores five wins in division and secure the No. 2 seed.