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SEC Baseball: What We Learned on Thursday

After the first results of the weekend, we know a handful of things about SEC baseball that we didn't know before Thursday. There are still a few things to figure out, though

Brian Anderson, seen here in a game last year, couldn't push Arkansas past Auburn despite his three hits
Brian Anderson, seen here in a game last year, couldn't push Arkansas past Auburn despite his three hits

Three things we now know

Georgia isn't going to the SEC tournament this year. Of course, anybody who's been watching SEC baseball this year already knew that, but Florida's two-run ninth inning in Athens on Thursday made it official. And with their record well below .500 on the year, it's been a foregone conclusion that the Dawgs won't be going to the NCAA tournament -- the two games against Florida will be their last. And, in all likelihood, David Perno's last in Athens. I don't see any grounds for keeping Georgia's head baseball coach around after the last couple of years, though I'm willing to listen if any Georgia fans have a reason.

Kentucky is going to Hoover. Despite the loss to Missouri -- which also worked against Georgia -- the Wildcats locked up their place in the SEC tournament through Tennessee's loss to Texas A&M. It might not have been the kind of season Kentucky wanted after last year's breakout performance, but the 'Cats are guaranteed to at least be eligible for the NCAAs and could always claim the conference crown in the tournament now that they're in. That said, they're going to need to do something big in Hoover if Baseball America is right about where they stand right now.

Tennessee is out of contention for the NCAAs. The chances the Vols would go were basically nonexistent, but the loss against A&M made it official. That said, pitcher Zack Godley did something that you don't see every day: He struck out 13 batters -- and allowed five runs in nine innings. A strange seventh inning sunk Godley and the Vols. The Aggies extended their lead to 5-1, the final score. The Tennessee offense had its own bizarre headaches, managing to score just one run on seven hits. That game also ensured that Texas A&M will be eligible for the NCAAs.

Two things we don't know

Exactly how the seeding will shape up. Arkansas is assured of being no worse than the No. 4 seed, but could lock up the No. 3 spot based on what the Hogs and Gamecocks do. The next Arkansas win or South Carolina loss will give that spot to the Razorbacks. Beyond that, it's three-dimensional chess to try to figure out how things will unfold. The Gamecocks could conceivably end up at No. 5, and it's a hodgepodge from there.

Who's No. 12? We still have one team to place in Hoover, though neither of the options are very attractive right now. The smarter bet is Missouri, but we'll see. The Vols need to win both games and have Kentucky win the next two games against the Tigers (which would also boost the Wildcats' NCAA hopes) to get the ticket to Hoover. Neither of those outcomes is outside the range of possibilities this weekend. But both happening at the same time seems rather unlikely.

Today's games

Texas A&M at Tennessee, 6 p.m ET; Arkansas at Auburn, 7 p.m. ET; Florida at Georgia, 7 p.m. ET; Kentucky at Missouri, 7 p.m. ET; Alabama at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m. ET; South Carolina at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m. ET; Ole Miss at LSU, 8 p.m. ET.

TV / Radio

The only game scheduled for television is the Ole Miss-LSU clash, set to air on CST. There don't appear to be any national radio broadcasts of any of the games, even via satellite.