Takeaways from a wild weekend in the SEC on the Hardwood and the Diamond

This weekend we had the lovely doubleheader of Opening Weekend of College Baseball and another crazy Saturday of SEC Basketball. As expected, both delivered an insane amount of storylines and thoughts to keep SEC fans entertained until the next to go around on Tuesday.

Photo Credits: Ole Miss Baseball

Starting with the action at the ballpark, fans from across the Southeastern Conference enjoyed an exciting Opening Weekend of the 2022 College Baseball season. Some, like, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Tennessee, LSU, and a few others, have more to be excited about after Opening Weekend than others. What we saw out of that core group was nothing short of amazing.

Take Tennessee and Ole Miss, for example, were picked preseason to either win the SEC or finish in the top half of the SEC this season. Ole Miss and Tennessee showed early signs this weekend of having a legitimate National Championship Caliber team on the diamond, which is crazy to think about considering how early it is in the season.

Photo Credits: Tennessee Baseball

As far as the defending National Champions in Mississippi State goes, the Bulldogs lost the series to Long Beach State but showed signs of last season on Sunday as the Bulldogs buried the Dirtbags 12-4. If you’re one of the few people concerned about the outcome this weekend for Mississippi State, don’t be, Sunday showed what the Bulldogs have in them. It just takes time to build something great like the season Mississippi State had last season.

Over on the hardwood, Southeastern Conference Basketball hit full circle this weekend as Auburn and Tennessee took one on the chin, both of which losses came behind enemy territory.

Photo Credits: Kentucky Basketball

On the other hand, Kentucky returned to their winning ways with a shorthanded win over the Alabama Crimson Tide. Kentucky was without starting guards in TyTy Washington and Sahvir Wheeler due to an injury bug. Kentucky proved once and for all that the Tennessee loss was just an outlier in an already crazy season for John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats.

In that middle half of the standings, you’ll find seven teams, all within two games of each other. Out of that group, Florida, LSU, Alabama, and Mississippi State have the most to lose, with just two weeks remaining in the season. All four won’t make the NCAA Tournament; they just won’t, but the next two weeks could make or break these programs for years to come.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 22: Alabama Crimson Tide against the Maryland Terrapins in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Overall, this weekend was a magical one for the folks in the Southeastern Conference across the board. It was the type of weekend that fans of the SEC will be able to point to as a high point for the conference. The only way to go from here is to continue to have weekends like the one we just had. It’s been said before, but there’s no better conference in the country than the SEC; it’s that simple. From the Hardwood to the Baseball Dimond, life in the SEC is hard but worth it for all involved.

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