AN­A­LYSTS SAY

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

four from SEC get into tour­na­ment.

FAYET­TEVILLE — With one week re­main­ing in the reg­u­lar sea­son, the SEC has four teams tar­geted to reach for the men’s NCAA Tour­na­ment by most na­tional an­a­lysts.

The quar­tet of Ken­tucky, Florida, South Carolina and the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Fayet­teville have the strong­est chances to make the field, and it has been that way since the Ra­zor­backs bounced back from con­sec­u­tive losses to Mis­souri and Van­der­bilt and kicked off a five-game win­ning streak.

Jerry Palm of CBSS­ports. com pro­jected Ken­tucky as a No. 3 seed, Florida as a No. 4, South Carolina as a No. 8, and Arkansas as a No. 10 in his lat­est bracket. He also lists Ge­or­gia as one of his first four teams out of the field.

ESPN.com’s Joe Lu­nardi has Ken­tucky as a No. 2 seed, Florida as a No. 3, South Carolina as a No. 7 and Arkansas as a No. 9.

Ken Pomeroy of Pomeroy Col­lege Basketball Rat­ings has only two SEC teams — No. 6 Ken­tucky and

No. 7 Florida — in his top 25. Also in his top 50 are South Carolina at No. 28, Arkansas at No. 41 and Van­der­bilt at No. 43.

Ken­tucky, with a 14-2 SEC record, is one game ahead of Florida (13-3) in the stand­ings with two games re­main­ing. The Wildcats, who are seek­ing their 50th SEC reg­u­lar-sea­son cham­pi­onship, fin­ish with a home game against Van­der­bilt tonight and a road date at Texas A&M on Satur­day. The Ga­tors host Arkansas on Wed­nes­day and travel to Van­der­bilt on Satur­day.

The Com­modores, who have won four games in a row and are No. 48 in the RPI rank­ings, can make a strong play for an at-large NCAA Tour­na­ment berth with games against the SEC front run­ners to con­clude the reg­u­lar sea­son.

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