Entering Saturday’s regular season finale against Kentucky at Hawkins Field, Vanderbilt sits at 15-14 in the SEC and 30-24 overall. There are four teams that are guaranteed to finish ahead of Vanderbilt in the SEC standings (Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, and Ole Miss), and South Carolina owns the tiebreaker for fifth place should they need it.
However, a win today will guarantee Vanderbilt the 6-seed in next week’s SEC Tournament. A loss complicates the picture, though, because there are a bunch of different tiebreaker scenarios involved. Right now, LSU is tied with Vanderbilt at 15-14, while Auburn and Mississippi State are a game back at 14-15. LSU plays the last of a three-game series at Auburn today, while Mississippi State looks for an improbable sweep of Florida at home.
Should Vanderbilt lose and LSU win, Vanderbilt will be the 7-seed -- regardless of what happens between Mississippi State and Florida (thanks to the Commodores’ earlier sweep of the Bulldogs.) A Vanderbilt loss, an Auburn win, and a Mississippi State loss would also give Vanderbilt the 7-seed: Auburn would win the three-way tiebreaker thanks to a 5-1 record against LSU and Vanderbilt, but the Commodores would take the 7-seed over LSU thanks to a 2-1 series win over the Tigers.
A Vanderbilt loss, an Auburn win, and a Mississippi State win... well, that still gives Vanderbilt the 7-seed. Since all four are common opponents, the tiebreaker would be settled on overall head-to-head record, and that goes: Auburn 7-2, Vanderbilt 5-4, LSU 4-5, Mississippi State 2-7.
So... yeah, we’re the 6-seed with a win and the 7-seed with a loss. Consider this your open thread for Saturday’s game. We know you’ll just talk about the women’s tennis quarterfinal, though.