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NCAA Baseball Tournament: Which SEC Teams are Headed to the Regionals?

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With the SEC baseball tournament done and Florida emerging victorious, there's only one question that fans of each baseball team are asking: Will my team make the 64-team, double-elimination tournament? This is assuming they realize that baseball is also played in the football-mad SEC, but let's stick with that for now. Below, we attempt to answer the question. We know some teams are out -- they finished at or below .500 -- and that all regional hosts are in. Records are up to date through the SEC tournament; last week's RPI is used.

ALABAMA (33-26; RPI: 33) | LIKELY
It's hard to see the former leaders of the SEC West dropping out of the tournament completely, though they will probably be one of the lowest seeds to come out of the league. The only ding on the Tide's record will be their soft nonconference schedule.

AUBURN (29-29, RPI: 36) | OUT

ARKANSAS (38-20; RPI: 14) | CERTAIN
The Razorbacks were on the bubble to be regional hosts and still have an outside chance to be a No. 1 seed. (The two are not always the same in the bizarre world of the NCAA baseball tournament.) In any case, they'll make the tournament, the only question is where they'll play.

FLORIDA (45-16; RPI: 3) | IN
Even if they hadn't already been announced as a regional host, the Gators would have locked up a bid by winning the SEC tournament. They wait to find out which national seed they'll receive.

GEORGIA (31-30; RPI: 22) | POSSIBLE
Georgia's dreadful start to the nonconference slate put them behind the eight ball from the beginning. But clinching a winning record in the SEC tournament could be a strong enough finish to put them over the top. By far the most bubbly of the teams that went to Hoover.

KENTUCKY (25-20; RPI: 110) | OUT

LSU (36-20; RPI: 23) | SOLID CHANCE
With Auburn eliminated by its record and the strength of LSU's RPI, the Bayou Bengals might be able to overcome missing the conference tournament to be the eighth SEC to make the field. Being 16 games above .500 on the strength of its nonconference schedule -- including a sweep of regional host Cal State Fullerton -- also helps.

MISSISSIPPI STATE (34-23; RPI: 27) | LIKELY
The Western Division Bulldogs haven't blown anyone's doors off this season, but they also haven't done anything to mess things up. Getting into the SEC tournament has become a virtual auto-bid as long as you remain eligible.

OLE MISS (30-25; RPI: 40) | UNLIKELY
On its own merits, Ole Miss might have a case to be a very-close-to-the-edge bubble team. But there are likely at least eight teams ahead of them in the SEC pecking order, and Auburn would be if the Tigers hadn't dropped to sub-.500 on the year in Hoover. The Rebels also have a flimsy case after ending up in last place in the SEC West.

SOUTH CAROLINA (45-13; RPI: 6) | IN
Already announced as a regional host site for the tournament, the Gamecocks are going to make the NCAA field. They might have the diciest odds of being a national seed among the three SEC co-champions, having gone 1-2 in Hoover, but are still likely to get one.

TENNESSEE (25-29; RPI: 118) | OUT

VANDERBILT (47-10; RPI: 5) | IN
The runner-up in the SEC tournament has already been announced as a regional host. Like Florida and South Carolina, the Commodores are likely national seeds.