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Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by GatorGrowl, Mar 30, 2014.
11-1, with the one loss by two points.
It's a top-heavy conference.
3 in the tourney, 2 in the Final 4.
Too bad they didn't put Tennessee in a different region. We might have 3 SEC teams in the FF.
UT was not a FF team this year. They had a good run and are a tough team; probably deserved a better seed (certainly did not belong in the play-in).
The SEC will get more respect when it isn't the same two teams contending every year.
3 in the tourney and 3 in the sweet sixteen... 2 in the FF.
Tennessee's AD Dave Hart said that he was told that Dayton was actually one of the last four at large bids and would have been in the play in game instead of Tenn but since the First Four was in Dayton, Ohio the Selection Committee had no choice but to go with someone else. I think they also liked the idea of matching an SEC team against a Big Ten team to draw a better television rating for Tru TV....Anyway, I can't complain with Tennessee's draw. Looking forward to the Ky/Fla Championship Game thread a week from tomorrow night. Should be almost as entertaining as the game if both Jeff and Bert show up.
If it is UK-UF for the championship I will not post in the game thread.....that would be being disrespectful to the site. I would wish Florida luck and talk after the game.
I'm too old for pissing matches.
And it's a Basketball conference.
That would be . . . your . . . analysis ?
Who is this Bert you speak of?
The SEC is no more Top Heavy than any other conference.
Recall that the team that tied Kentucky for second Place, didn't even get a spot in the NCAA tournament, while the 5th place team (Arkansas), which certainly should have gotten a spot, and the 6th, 7th and 8th place teams, Missouri, LSU & Ole Miss, might well have gotten spots if the SEC's early season performance would have been better.
The thing is that there are a fair number of good coaches in the SEC, and a ton of outstanding athletes and basketball players. Good coaches improve their teams during a season, and that clearly happened for many SEC teams.
Although they were pretty weak at the beginning, in the Gators case, due to suspensions and injuries (during that EVIL year 2013), the conference was significantly better by the end of the year, but, of course, since they were only playing against each other, that doesn't show nationally.
For the Atlantic 10 to get 6 teams and the SEC only 3 borders on the absurd. Meanwhile, the 6 Atlantic 10 teams tournament record was a combined 4-6, with 3 of those wins coming from Dayton, while the SEC is 11-1 (Tennessee's play in game made the 3-1). Further, for Tennessee to be a play-in game was simply absurd, and they played against a very good Iowa team, which was the closest game they played except for that close loss to Michigan.
There is an exceedingly strong Anti-Deep-South bias throughout the country, although the ACC avoids most of it due to (1) having a strong basketball history and (2) teams like Virginia and now Syracuse and Pitt, which are, of course, Eastern rather than Southern - now their name - Atlantic Coast makes real sense with the only oddball being Notre Dame.
Not only is the SEC's record superlative, UK and UT have had a tough path due to their underseeding.
I know Arky did not finish well but the SEC deserved at least 1 if not 2 more teams. 2 of the FF, and 3 of the Sweet 16 is not a fluke.