How Kentucky would end up playing Thursday at SEC

Update: Cat Scratches has updated scenarios.

There are four scenarios in which Kentucky would fail to qualify for the double-bye and have to begin play on Thursday at the SEC Tournament in Nashville.

If UK beats Florida on Saturday it clinches the double-bye and would play on Friday.

If the Cats lose to the Gators, however, they would end up playing on Thursday as the No. 5 seed if . . .

* Missouri beats Tennessee, Ole Miss beats LSU and Alabama beats Georgia. In that case, Kentucky would finish fifth in the SEC standings with an 11-7 mark.

* Missouri beats Tennessee, Ole Miss beats LSU and Georgia beats Alabama. In that case, Missouri and Ole Miss tie for second at 12-6. Missouri would be No. 2 seed thanks to a win over Florida.

Kentucky and Alabama would be tied for fourth at 11-7. Alabama would be the No. 4 seed thanks to its 59-55 win over UK in January. Kentucky would be the No. 5 seed.

* Ole Miss beats LSU, Alabama beats Georgia and Tennessee beats Missouri. In that case, Ole Miss and Alabama finish tied for second at 12-6. Ole Miss is the No. 2 seed thanks to its win over Bama last Saturday.

Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri would all tie for third at 11-7. In head-to-head among the three, UK and Tennessee are 2-1 while Missouri would be 0-2. In head-to-head between UK and Tennessee, the two teams split. Tennessee would get the No. 4 seed thanks to a 1-1 record against Florida. UK would be 0-2 against the Gators, thus the No. 5 seed. Missouri would be the No. 6 seed.

* Ole Miss beats LSU, Georgia beats Alabama and Tennessee beats Missouri. In that case, Ole Miss finishes second with a 12-6 mark.

There would be a four-way tie among Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri at 11-7. Tennessee would be the No. 3 seed thanks to its 3-2 head-to-head record among the four teams. UK and Alabama were 2-2 in head-to-head among the four. Missouri would be 1-2.

Alabama would be the No. 4 seed thanks to its win over Kentucky. UK would be the No. 5 seed. Missouri would be the No. 6 seed.

Hat tip to Cat Scratches.

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