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Quick Takes: Sorting out the SEC

Dave2015As a whole, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is having a good season.   When Monday’s bracket was posted, seven SEC teams made the field; another three were among the first eight teams out.  That’s an impressive number.  While conference play should help clarify a few things, sorting out the SEC as a whole may not be easy.  Examples: Florida started hot, faded, and now seems to be playing better again.  Arkansas has that early win over Oklahoma, but its been a bit of a roller-coaster ride since – the Hogs have lopsided defeats to Houston and now LSU.  Kentucky has been steady, but has yet to emerge as an elite unit.  Auburn and Tennessee are the league’s surprises, although aforementioned LSU has emerged as a potential wild card.  In other words, sorting out the SEC may not happen in January, or even February.  The league has a lot of good teams, all capable of beating each other on a given night.  It’s great for competition, not so much for bracket positioning.

Other Quick Takes from Wednesday:

  • Louisville earned a much-needed, quality win at Florida State.
  • Texas survived TCU in double-overtime – an emotional night for the Longhorns on and off the court.  Meanwhile, TCU is now 1-3 to open Big 12 play.
  • SMU lost to Temple at home.  The Mustangs are largely living off that win over Arizona in the Bahamas; as of this morning, it’s their only win over an NCAA team.
  • Also in the AAC, UCF dropped a game at Connecticut.  All-in-all, not a good night for the league’s bubble teams.
  • Villanova dismantled Xavier – not a particularly good look for the Musketeers who were coming off a loss at Providence over the weekend.  Combined, those defeats will drop XU’s position on the seed list a bit.
  • Northwestern took out some frustration on Minnesota. The Gophers are trending in the wrong direction.

Enjoy Thursday’s games.  A new bracket and seed list update on Friday.

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