• #101 by jbcarol on 24 Jan 2018
  • Bracketville
    ‏ @BracketguyDave
    54m54 minutes ago

    The SEC is much deeper this season, no question.  But that depth has also created a "bunching" effect - which can hurt more than help - i.e. a "bunch" of teams look alike. As a whole, for seeding, selection, etc. SEC could use a good weekend out of the Big 12/SEC challenge.

    Based on Monday's Seed List, the SEC had five (5) teams located within the final 11 at-large spots, so in essence, bubble teams. Tuesday, three of those teams lost, two played each other into OT. When you factor in LSU, it's 6 teams on the bubble. Do they separate?

    Shelby Mast
    ‏Verified account @BracketWAG
    25m25 minutes ago

    New day, new bracket, new 1 seed - it's posted -
     Multibid conferences  ACC, SEC (eight) ...
    First 4 out - Westen Kentucky, Boise State, Georgia, Notre Dame

  • #102 by jbcarol on 27 Jan 2018
  • #103 by jbcarol on 28 Jan 2018

  • Greg Sankey
    ‏Verified account @GregSankey
    12h12 hours ago

    We appreciate the competition with our @Big12Conference colleagues. Tremendous day of college basketball. Great step forward today for @SEC menís basketball! #Big12SECChallenge
  • #104 by jbcarol on 10 Feb 2018
  • sports
    ‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

    As a whole, the SEC is on pace for big NCAA Tournament turnout:

    It wasn't so long ago that the SEC was arguably the most disappointing conference in the sport, but that is clearly not the case in the 2017-18 season. With a month left until the NCAA releases its 68-team tournament field, the SEC might even be on the verge of making history.

    "This is the best basketball league in the country and I don't know why people don't want to own up to that," Barnes said Tuesday after his 15th-ranked Tennessee team won 61-59 at No. 24 Kentucky. "In one week you can go from first to last, somewhere in between, from 10 to four probably, because everybody is so bunched up. If it keeps going like it is right now, this league should have nine teams in the NCAA tournament. It's going to shake out somewhere along the line. It's as competitive as any league I've ever coached in."

    Barnes has coached in the mighty ACC, where he led three straight Clemson teams to the Big Dance. He reached the tournament 15 times in 16 seasons at Texas - including a Final Four and two more Elite Eights - and he's on the verge of leading the Volunteers to their first tournament bid in three seasons in Knoxville.

    He might have plenty of company from his SEC compatriots.

    Certainly some of Barnes' praise is run-of-the-mill coachspeak, praising the level of play in the conference in which his program competes. But there is also some weight behind the compliments.

    With the NCAA selection committee set to release its first snapshot of the current top 16 seeds on Sunday, the SEC might have two teams make the list. Tennessee and Auburn, No. 8 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 could be strong contenders for top-16 spots, depending on what happens this weekend. Several other SEC teams will still be in position to make the field of 68.

    In fact, the possibility exists that the SEC will get more teams into this year's tournament than it ever has before.

    The SEC has never had more than six teams reach the Big Dance - a feat accomplished nine times, most recently in 2008. According to multiple national bracketologists, the conference is position to improve upon that record by at least one or two teams in 2018.

    As of his most recent update on Thursday, ESPN's Joe Lunardi's would place eight SEC teams in the field if the tournament started today: Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Missouri, Florida, Texas A&M and Arkansas.
  • #105 by jbcarol on 18 Feb 2018
  • Blake Lovell
    ‏ @theblakelovell

    With Georgiaís win over Tennessee: Depending on how the next two weeks unfold, itís entirely possible that weíre talking about 11 SEC teams still being in the NCAAT picture entering St. Louis. Eight likely get in, but four or five could be battling for final few spots.
  • #106 by jbcarol on 23 Feb 2018
  • Is the SEC the best basketball conference?

    In a season where dominant teams are few, the SEC is the poster child for the parity that exists within college basketball.

    With three games left in the regular season and the conference tournament in St. Louis less than two weeks away, there are numerous indications that the 2017-18 season features the most competitive, highest-quality collection of teams in the modern era of SEC basketball.

    "What makes the league so good is, I've said this before, there's not a team in this league that won't go to St. Louis with the idea they can win that tournament," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said earlier this week. "There's not a lot of leagues that can say that."

    While coaches in several conferences might attempt to make that assertion, there is some weight behind Barnes' words. For starters, look at what happened in league play within the last week. Of the six teams with losing SEC records, five of them notched wins against teams with winning conference marks.

    South Carolina had lost six in a row before it defeated No. 12 Auburn last Saturday, leading by 26 points at one point before holding off a late Tigers rally. Missouri had won five straight and then fell 64-63 to LSU on Saturday. Georgia coach Mark Fox might sit on the hot seat, but his team had just knocked off Florida and No. 19 Tennessee before Wednesday's loss at South Carolina.
  • #107 by jbcarol on 12 Mar 2018
  • Craig Pinkerton
    ‏ @SEC_Craig
    6h6 hours ago

    The @SECís 10 teams advancing to postseason play (8 NCAA, 2 NIT) ties for the most in league history. In 2001, six SEC teams received NCAA Tournament invites while four participated in the NIT.

    Greg Sankey
    ‏Verified account @GregSankey
    13h13 hours ago

    We are proud to have an @SEC record 8 teams in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. This achievement is a reflection of the commitment our universities have made to support menís basketball. Good luck student-athletes, coaches & fans during #March Madness. #ItJustMeansMore

  • #108 by jbcarol on 16 Mar 2018

  • ESPN Stats & Info
    ‏Verified account @ESPNStatsInfo
    6m6 minutes ago

    Following Auburn's win, the SEC will have at least 6 teams in the Round of 32, tied for its most in tournament since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
  • #109 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2018
  • Ken Pomeroy and dubbed the Big 12 the best conference

    Pomeroy ranked the SEC fourth after the Big 12, ACC and Big East.

    Quote noted that seven of the 10 Big 12 teams played in the NCAA Tournament. And two of the three Big 12 teams left out ó Baylor and Oklahoma State ó were considered ďamong the biggest snubs on Selection Sunday.Ē

    One other thing: Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech advanced to the Elite Eight.