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College basketball on television: SEC title race goes down to the wire

Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Kevin Stallings tried to get his players to hear him as Kentucky played Vanderbilt on Saturday February 27, 2016 in Nashville, TN.
Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Kevin Stallings tried to get his players to hear him as Kentucky played Vanderbilt on Saturday February 27, 2016 in Nashville, TN. Lexington Herald-Leader

The veteran Verne Lundquist will be on play-by-play and former Duke star Jim Spanarkel will handle color duties for CBS on Saturday as the network televises Kentucky-LSU from Rupp Arena, starting at 2 p.m.

Before that, however, Texas A&M plays host to Vanderbilt at noon on ESPN2. If the Aggies win, Billy Kennedy’s team is the No. 1 seed for the SEC Tournament next week regardless of what Kentucky does against LSU. Both teams are currently 12-5 in the SEC, but Texas A&M beat UK in overtime in College Station on Feb. 20.

If Texas A&M loses and Kentucky wins, UK is the No. 1 seed. If Texas A&M and Kentucky both lose, then there is a four-way tie for first place in the SEC among, Texas A&M, Kentucky, LSU and Vanderbilt. In that scenario, Kentucky would be the No. 4 seed.

SEC men’s basketball results, schedule and leaders in a Google Doc

In a four-way tie, seeds would be determined by a team’s record against the other three teams. As best I can tell, LSU would be 4-1 and the No. 1 seed. Vanderbilt would be 3-2 and the No. 2 seed. Texas A&M would be 2-3 and the No. 3 seed. Kentucky would be 1-4 and the No. 4 seed.

As for other Saturday games, No. 1 Kansas entertains No. 21 Iowa State at 4 p.m. on ESPN. The Jayhawks are on a roll of late, having clinched their 12th straight Big 12 crown.

No. 2 Michigan State plays host to Ohio State at 12:00 on ESPN. At 19-11 overall and 11-6 in the Big 10, Ohio State could use an upset of the Spartans in East Lansing on its NCAA Tournament resume.

No. 3 Villanova plays host to Georgetown at 12:00 on Fox. The Wildcats are 26-4 overall and 15-2 in the Big East. Georgetown is trying to avoid finishing with a losing record. The Hoyas are 14-16.

No. 6 Oklahoma is at TCU on ESPN News. The Sooners have stumbled of late but should have no problem with the lowly Horned Frogs, who are 2-15 in the Big 12.

No. 8 North Carolina visits No. 17 Duke at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN. Expect lots and lots of hype for that one.

Don’t forget the SEC Women’s Tournament in Jacksonville. Kentucky plays South Carolina at 5 p.m., followed by Tennessee-Mississippi State. Both games are on ESPNU.

And could this be Louisville’s final game with Rick Pitino as coach? The Cardinals play Virginia at 8:30 on ESPN.

Saturday, March 5

▪ 12:00 - Ole Miss at Tennessee (SEC)

▪ 12:00 - Vanderbilt at Texas A&M (ESPN2)

▪ 12:00 - North Carolina State at Notre Dame (CBS)

▪ 12:00 - Ohio State at Michigan State (ESPN)

▪ 12:00 - Georgetown at Villanova (Fox)

▪ 12:00 - Seton Hall at DePaul (Fox Sports Ohio)

▪ 12:30 - Providence at St. John’s (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 1:00 - Oklahoma at TCU (ESPN News)

▪ 1:00 - Minnesota at Rutgers (Big 10)

▪ 2:00 - LSU at Kentucky (CBS)

▪ 2:00 - West Virginia at Baylor (ESPN)

▪ 2:00 - Syracuse at Florida State (ESPN2)

▪ 2:30 - Marquette at Butler (Fox Sports Ohio)

▪ 2:30 - Auburn at Mississippi State (SEC)

▪ 2:30 - Creighton at Xavier (Fox)

▪ 3:00 - Kansas State at Texas Tech (ESPN News)

▪ 3:30 - George Washington at Davidson (NBC Sports)

▪ 4:00 - Alabama at Georgia (ESPN2)

▪ 4:00 - Iowa State at Kansas (ESPN)

▪ 4:00 - Stanford at Arizona (CBS)

▪ 5:00 - South Carolina vs. Kentucky women (ESPNU)

▪ 5:00 - South Carolina at Arkansas (SEC)

▪ 5:00 - South Florida at Tulsa (ESPN News)

▪ 6:30 - North Carolina at Duke (ESPN)

▪ 7:00 - Mississippi State vs. Tennessee women (ESPNU)

▪ 7:30 - Florida at Missouri (SEC)

▪ 8:00 - Iowa at Michigan (Big 10)

▪ 8:00 - VCU at Dayton (CBS Sports)

▪ 8:00 - California at Arizona State (ESPN2)

▪ 8:30 - Louisville at Virginia (ESPN)

▪ 9:30 - Colorado at Utah (ESPNU)

▪ 10:00 - UNLV at San Diego State (CBS Sports)

▪ 11:59 - Portland vs. Gonzaga (ESPN2)

SEC men’s basketball standings

Team

W

L

W

L

Texas A&M

12

5

23

7

Kentucky

12

5

22

8

Vanderbilt

11

6

19

11

LSU

11

6

18

12

South Carolina

10

7

23

7

Ole Miss

9

8

19

11

Georgia

9

8

16

12

Arkansas

9

8

16

14

Alabama

8

9

17

12

Florida

8

9

17

13

Miss State

6

11

13

16

Tennessee

6

11

13

17

Auburn

5

12

11

18

Missouri

3

14

10

20

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