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Maybe the Southeast Conference wasn’t so bad after all

April 1, 2014

The Final Four is now set and no matter which match-up or potential match-up you look at, there is a story behind it.

The biggest story to come out of this year’s tournament is just how well the SEC has fared. The selection committee decided that just three teams from the conference were worthy of being in the field of 68, with Tennessee having to be part of the First Four and Kentucky receiving that dreaded No. 8 seed.
Granted, Florida received the overall No. 1 seed, but we will get back to them in a moment.
Tennessee proved they were much better than the selection committee thought by winning game after game after receiving their insulting assignment of being part of the First Four.
The Volunteers routed Iowa, Massachusetts and Mercer before nearly pulling off the monumental upset of Michigan in the Sweet 16.
While the slight against Tennessee was pretty bad, it was no where near what Kentucky had to face. Going into the tournament no one wants to be the No. 8 or No. 9 seed because that means you get the No. 1 seed in the second round.
To compound matters this year for Kentucky, not only were they the No. 8 seed, but they were placed in one of the toughest regions in recent memory.
Three of last year’s Final Four teams were in Kentucky’s region. After getting by Kansas State in the first round, they had the game of the tournament against the undefeated No. 1 seed Wichita State.

For the rest of the story pick up a Tuesday's MDR.

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