Monthly Archives: March 2013

Cuonzo Martin’s salary tied for 10th among SEC coaches

As a supplement to the story on Cuonzo Martin entering the second offseason of his five-year contract at Tennessee, here’s a rundown of SEC men’s basketball coaching salaries from top to bottom. These are the most up-to-date numbers I could find for each. Please email me at if you see a figure that should be adjusted.

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SEC scenarios, tournament tiebreakers, and the Tennessee Vols

EDITED 6:16 p.m. Thursday due to some oversights. Sorry, tried to do these scenarios on the drive from Auburn back to Knoxville. Lesson learned: never blog and drive.
Thanks to those who took the time to add some layers to this thing.
Additions are in italics …
Coming off last night’s 82-75 win over Auburn, nine teams playing six remaining games is all that matters now for the Tennessee Vols.
With Florida clinching the SEC’s regular-season title last night, the top of the league standings looks like this (league record in parenthesis) …
1.) Florida (14-3)
2.) Kentucky (11-5)
3.) Missouri (11-6)
4.) Ole Miss (11-6)
5.) Alabama (11-6)
6.) Tennessee (10-7)
7.) Arkansas (9-8)
8.) LSU (9-8)
9.) Georgia (8-8)
Now the remaining games (all games Saturday, except tonight’s UK-UGA game) …
Florida: @ Kentucky
Kentucky: @ Georgia, vs Florida
Missouri: @ Tennessee
Ole Miss: @ LSU
Alabama: vs Georgia
Tennessee: vs Missouri
Arkansas: vs Texas A&M
LSU: vs. Ole Miss
Georgia: vs Kentucky, at Alabama
Those are the bare facts. Here are some potential scenarios.
The “lose-out” scenario
What needs to happen: Vols beat Mizzou. Kentucky loses final two games, Ole Miss and Alabama both lose. If that all happens, five teams – UK, Mizzou, Ole Miss, Bama and UT – will all be 11-7. After all the tiresome tiebreakers, the top of the standings will look like this: (records in group-wide head-to-head in parenthesis)
1.) Florida
2.) Ole Miss (4-2)
3.) Kentucky (3-2)
4.) Tennessee (3-4)
5.) Missouri (3-4)
6.) Alabama (2-3)
(Tidbit: if the above unfolds, except Kentucky splits its final two games, everything changes by removing UK from the head-to-head record of the tied teams. If UK splits, UT beats Mizzou and Ole Miss and Bama both lose, the standings will look like this:
1.) Florida
2.) Kentucky
3.) Ole Miss
4.) Missouri
5.) Tennessee
6.) Alabama
Addendum: see comments below for additional scenarios that earns UT a four seed.
The “wow, UT can be a 3 seed” scenario
Readers Jared and Tom pointed out this eyeopener that I completely overlooked. Jared commented, “if Kentucky loses both games to Georgia tonight and Florida Saturday, Ole Miss beats LSU and Bama loses to Georgia and Tennessee beats Missouri then the VOLS will be the 3 seed.” And Jared is 100 percent correct. Under that scenario, the head-to-head tiebreaker between UK, UT, Bama and Mizzou would produce the following:
Tennessee 3-2
Kentucky 2-2
Mizzou 1-2
Alabama 1-3
And that’s how the teams would rank from third to sixth place.

The “most likely” scenario
If I were a betting man, I’d predict the season ends with UK splitting its final two games, Tennessee beating Missouri and both Ole Miss and Alabama winning their respective finales. This scenario would leave Kentucky, Ole Miss and Alabama each at 12-6 and Missouri and Tennessee at 11-7. Having gone through a slew of tiebreakers, I believe the final standings would look like this:
1.) Florida
2.) Ole Miss
3.) Alabama
4.) Kentucky
5.) Tennessee
6.) Missouri
(Tidbit: if this plays out, UT will actually determine the tiebreaker between Ole Miss, Alabama and Kentucky. The three all went 1-1 against each other, eliminating that tiebreak. They each lost to Florida, eliminating that tiebreaker. Then moving to the next highest team in the standings, Ole Miss went 2-0 against Tennessee, while UK and Bama split. Alabama would then win the head-to-head tiebreaker vs. Kentucky thanks to a 59-58 win in January, sliding the Cats to fourth place.)
The “10-win” scenario
If Tennessee loses to Missouri, LSU beats Ole Miss and Arkansas beats Texas A&M, all three will finish 10-8. In the collective head-to-head, UT, LSU and Ark are all 1-1. The tiebreaker moves to each team’s record vs Florida – UT owns a win, Arkansas split, LSU is 0-1. Under this scenario, the Vols finish 6th, the Hogs are in 7th and the Tigers fall to 8th.
The “finishing 7th” scenario
A caveat to the above scenario … the only way Tennessee finishes in seventh – its worst-case scenario – is if UT loses to Missouri, Arkansas beats Texas A&M and LSU loses to Ole Miss. Due to tiebreakers, the Hogs would finish sixth, pushing UT to seventh.
The rest
Of course other scenarios exist, namely if Ole Miss wins its finale and Alabama loses its last games, and vice-versa. I believe in all remaining scenarios outside of what’s listed above, Tennessee will finish fifth or sixth in the SEC.
With all that in mind, here’s how the SEC tournament bracket shakes out …
FIRST ROUND – March 13 (Wednesday)
Game 1 #12 vs. #13 [SEC Network] 6:30 p.m. CT
Game 2 #11 vs. #14 [SEC Network] 9:00 p.m. CT
SECOND ROUND – March 14 (Thursday)
Game 3 #8 vs. #9 [SEC Network] Noon CT
Game 4 Game 1 Winner vs. #5 [SEC Network] 2:30 p.m. CT
Game 5 #7 vs. #10 [SEC Network] 6:30 p.m. CT
Game 6 Game 2 Winner vs. #6 [SEC Network] 9:00 p.m. CT
QUARTERFINALS – March 15 (Friday)
Game 7 Game 3 Winner vs. #1 [ESPNU] Noon CT
Game 8 Game 4 Winner vs. #4 [ESPNU] 2:30 p.m. CT
Game 9 Game 5 Winner vs. #2 [SEC Network & ESPNU] 6:30 p.m. CT
Game 10 Game 6 Winner vs. #3 [SEC Network & ESPNU] 9:00 p.m. CT
SEMIFINALS – March 16 (Saturday)
Game 11 Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner [ABC] Noon CT
Game 12 Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner [ABC] 2:30 p.m. CT
FINALS – March 17 (Sunday)
Game 13 Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner [ABC] Noon CT
If interested, here are the official SEC tournament tie-breaker procedures …
Teams should be seeded No. 1 through No. 14 in the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket based upon the final regular season SEC standings. Teams that finished
No. 1 through No. 4 in the final regular season standings shall receive a “bye” on the first
day of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament.
1. Two-Team Tie. The following procedure will be used in the following order until the tie
is broken:
A. Won-lost results of head-to-head competition between the two teams.
B. Won-lost record of the two teams versus the No. 1 seed (and proceeding through
the No. 14 seed, if necessary).
C. Coin flip by the Commissioner.
2. Three-Team Tie (or more). When three or more teams are tied, the following procedure
will be used in the following order until the tie is broken. If two teams remain tied after a
tiebreaker provision, the two-team tiebreaker formula will be used.
A. Best winning percentage of games played among the tied teams (Example: Team
A is 3-1, Team B is 2-2 and Team C is 1-3 – – Team A would be seeded highest,
Team B second-highest and Team C lowest of the three).
B. Best winning percentage of the tied teams versus the No. 1 seed (and proceeding
through the No. 12 seed, if necessary).
C. If two teams remain, coin flip by the Commissioner.
D. If three or more teams remain, draw by the Commissioner.
For the purpose of seeding, if an institution is precluded from participating in the
tournament, it shall automatically be seeded last in its division. The No. 5 seed with the best record will then receive a bye. However, for the purpose of breaking ties, that team shall remain where it finished in the regular-season standings BEFORE being seeded last
Hope this helps,