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On Deck for SEC Baseball: April 16

Lots to talk about, lots on the ledger.

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There’s lots to talk about, so let’s get right down to it.

All FOURTEEN teams are in action on this Tuesday night, with some top-flight matchups on the docket. Let’s have a look, shall we?

As far as ranked-vs.-ranked matchups go, there will be two going down. 23rd-ranked Auburn faces off with 16th-ranked Georgia Tech in Atlanta, while 6th-ranked Georgia plays host to 20th-ranked Clemson. Georgia Tech currently ranks 14th in the RPI while Clemson sits 24th, so these are good opportunities for both the Tigers and Dawgs to pick up big wins that will only boost their causes going forward.

Meanwhile, both Kentucky and South Carolina have a chance to knock off ranked rivals. The Wildcats will face 7th-ranked Louisville, while the Gamecocks have to try and handle 13th-ranked North Carolina. UK has the tougher matchup, as Louisville is 28-8 on the season and 5th in the RPI as of right now. They’re also a sturdy 8-2 on the road, so playing away from home hasn’t been an issue for them at all. For South Carolina, they face off with a UNC squad that is a robust 21-2 in Chapel Hill. The Gamecocks are merely 6-6 on the road, so they will have to try to piece together something extra to get themselves an upset win.

The other matchups are a little bit lacking in the strength factor. The best matchups remaining feature Vanderbilt facing off with Indiana State and Texas A&M going to H-Town to face Houston. The Sycamores are currently 53rd in the RPI and 27-7 on the season. The Cougs, meanwhile, sit 21-15 but rank 41st in the RPI at the moment. They are 12-8 at home, so the HFA is not super existent. Vandy had best watch out though, as the Sycamores are 12-6 on the road. To be fair, the Commodores have won 20 of their 24 home games this season.

The other matchups should be relatively easy pickens for the SEC. Florida takes on Jacksonville and Tennessee will be playing Morehead State. Meanwhile, Mizzou battles Missouri State down in Springfield, and Arkansas plays host to Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Ole Miss will renew their rivalry with Memphis, and Mississippi State will take on Texas Southern. Alabama will travel to Birmingham to take on UAB and, finally, LSU will battle Louisiana in Lafayette.