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SEC trying to rebound from poor NCAA showing

3 years 4 days 7 hours ago October 16, 2013 Oct 16, 2013 Wednesday, October 16 2013 October 16, 2013 2:03 PM in LSU Sports
Source: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM - The football powerhouse Southeastern Conference is trying to reclaim that status in hoops.

A year after the SEC had only three NCAA tournament teams, Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings says "don"t be surprised if this year is dramatically, dramatically different."

Stallings said at media days Wednesday he believes six or seven teams could make the NCAA field. Missouri's Frank Haith expects at least five SEC teams to get into the NCAA.

Regaining that kind of March presence has been the focal point league-wide since only Florida survived the tournament's first weekend. That includes strengthening nonconference schedules.

Even perennial power Kentucky had to settle for the NIT, and was one and done there. Wildcats coach John Calipari has his team again the preseason SEC favorite with a prized recruiting class.



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