TAMPA -- Mississippi State defeated South Carolina 82-68 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference. Depending on how you look at it, this could be either good news or bad news for Florida.
THE GOOD-NEWS SCENARIO: South Carolina's loss on Friday allowed the Gators to move ahead of the Gamecocks in the eyes of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. Florida's RPI is 46 today, according to RealTimeRPI.com. South Carolina's is 49.
THE BAD-NEWS SCENARIO: Now Mississippi State AND South Carolina are ahead of Florida in the eyes of the committee. State's RPI is 78 but the Bulldogs did defeat Florida in head-to-head competition. Personally, I think State needs to win it all to make the NCAA Tournament.
Nothing is certain at this point and everything is influx with so many conference tournament games taking place simultaneously across the country, but if it comes down to the selection committee choosing between Mississippi State, South Carolina, Florida and Auburn, well, I wouldn't want to be on the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.