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SEC Baseball Midweek Preview, April 3-5

A battle in the Commonwealth headlines the midweek action.

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TUESDAY

  • Louisville vs. Kentucky (4 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • Florida Gulf Coast vs. Florida (6 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • Belmont vs. Tennessee (6:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • Alabama A&M vs. Auburn (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • Georgia Tech vs. Georgia (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • Jacksonville State vs. Alabama (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • South Carolina vs. North Carolina (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • Vanderbilt vs. Middle Tennessee State (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • UL Monroe vs. Arkansas (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • Nicholls vs. LSU (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • Houston vs. Texas A&M (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

WEDNESDAY

  • UL Monroe vs. Arkansas (4 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • SIU-Edwardsville vs. Missouri (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • Southern vs. Mississippi State (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
  • Ole Miss vs. Memphis (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

THURSDAY

  • Georgia vs. Vanderbilt (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU/WatchESPN)
  • LSU vs. Texas A&M (8 p.m. ET, SEC Network/WatchESPN)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

The first matchup of the day on Tuesday may be the best all week. Kentucky will host Louisville in a Commonwealth battle in Lexington. The Wildcats and Cardinals rank as two of the best teams in the nation. Kentucky, 19-9, will hope to keep the 19-8 Cards at bay. The good news for them is that Louisville is merely 4-4 on the road, while the Wildcats are an impressive 10-4 at home this season.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Florida will host the 22-5 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. The Eagles have been stout in the Atlantic Sun Conference so far, and are an impressive 8-2 on the road. Could they steal a win over the vaunted Gators? Anything’s possible, but it will take a gargantuan effort.

Moreover, another rivalry will be adding another chapter. Georgia, who ranks 8th in the RPI, hosts rival Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are 17-11 this season and 3-6 on the road, but rank 36th in the RPI after having a tough road through this point of the year. UGA would be best to not overlook their rivals, as they are certainly battle tested.

Additionally, South Carolina will be playing the North Carolina Tar Heels. The 17-11 Gamecocks have a sturdy test in front of them in UNC, who sits 12th in the RPI right now. The 18-10 Heels are 13-6 at home, so the Gamecocks will need to bring their A-game if they want to upend their border rival.

After a relatively light Wednesday, conference play starts up for the weekend on Thursday. Aforementioned Georgia will begin a series with the Vanderbilt Commodores. UGA and Vandy are both in the Top 30 in the RPI, so this matchup will boast two of the best teams in the nation, not just the SEC. Also on Thursday, LSU will play Texas A&M. The Aggies, at 21-8, are 16th in the RPI and have put together a strong season. LSU, meanwhile, may be 18-11 but at 81st in the RPI, they are in need of some big wins. Playing a team in the Top 20 will give them that opportunity. We’ll see if they can piece it together.