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NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT

SEC's 8 is enough to get NCAA bid

By Bob Holt

This article was published March 13, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.

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Tennessee coach Rick Barnes talks with guard Lamonte Turner (1) during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Crystal LoGiudice)

CONFERENCE CALL

The SEC ranks second among conferences with two or more NCAA Tournament bids:

ACC — 9

SEC — 8

Big 12 — 7

Big East — 6

Big Ten — 4

Pac-12 — 3

American Athletic Conference — 3

Atlantic 10 — 3

Mountain West — 2

SEC IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

Seeds and first-round matchups for the SEC’s record eight teams in the NCAA Tournament:

No. 3 Tennessee (25-8) vs No. 13 Wright State (25-9)

No. 4 Auburn (25-7) vs No. 13 College of Charleston (26-7)

No. 5 Kentucky (24-10) vs No. 12 Davidson (21-11)

No. 6 Florida (20-12) vs winner of No. 11 St. Bonaventure (25-7) and UCLA (21-11)

No. 7 Arkansas (23-11) vs No. 10 Butler (20-13)

No. 7 Texas A&M vs No. 10 Providence (21-13)

No. 8 Missouri (2012) vs No. 9 Florida State (20-11

No. 9 Alabama (19-15) vs No. 8 Virginia Tech (21-11)

Tennessee is the fourth basketball program Coach Rick Barnes has taken to the NCAA Tournament with the Vols as a No. 3 seed in the South Regional.

CONFERENCE CALL

The SEC ranks second among conferences with two or more NCAA Tournament bids:

ACC — 9

SEC — 8

Big 12 — 7

Big East — 6

Big Ten — 4

Pac-12 — 3

American Athletic Conference — 3

Atlantic 10 — 3

Mountain West — 2

SEC IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

Seeds and first-round matchups for the SEC’s record eight teams in the NCAA Tournament:

No. 3 Tennessee (25-8) vs No. 13 Wright State (25-9)

No. 4 Auburn (25-7) vs No. 13 College of Charleston (26-7)

No. 5 Kentucky (24-10) vs No. 12 Davidson (21-11)

No. 6 Florida (20-12) vs winner of No. 11 St. Bonaventure (25-7) and UCLA (21-11)

No. 7 Arkansas (23-11) vs No. 10 Butler (20-13)

No. 7 Texas A&M vs No. 10 Providence (21-13)

No. 8 Missouri (2012) vs No. 9 Florida State (20-11

No. 9 Alabama (19-15) vs No. 8 Virginia Tech (21-11)

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