S-E-C! League lands conference-record 8 teams in NCAA Tournament

 

The Southeastern Conference's push to improve in men's basketball finally has paid off in record fashion.

The conference best known for cranking out national champions in football landed a league-record eight teams in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M will all participate in the tournament this year.

That easily topped the six teams the SEC has put into the tournament nine times, most recently in 2008.

The Atlantic Coast Conference led all conferences by tying its own record with nine teams in the tournament.

The Big 12 thought the league would get nine teams in as well but wound up with seven with Baylor among the first four teams out. Oklahoma State also missed out - despite two wins over No. 1 seed Kansas - after losing to the Jayhawks in the Big 12 Tournament.

Routing for your favorite SEC team? Here's a bracket to follow them through the entire tournament.

Here's a list of all 68 teams participating in the tournament (SEC teams in bold): Alabama (No. 9) Arizona Arizona State Arkansas (No. 7) Auburn (No. 4) Bucknell Buffalo Butler Cal State Fullerton Charleston Cincinnati Clemson Creighton Davidson Duke Florida (No. 6) Florida State Georgia State Gonzaga Houston Iona Kansas Kansas State Kentucky (No. 5) Lipscomb LIU Brooklyn Loyola (Chicago)* Marshall Miami (FL) Michigan Michigan State Missouri (No. 8) Montana Murray State Nevada New Mexico State North Carolina Central North Carolina State North Carolina Ohio State Oklahoma Penn Providence Purdue Radford Rhode Island San Diego State Seton Hall South Dakota State St. Bonaventure Stephen F. Austin* Syracuse TCU Tennessee (No. 3) Texas Texas A&M (No. 7) Texas Southern Texas Tech UCLA UMBC* UNC Greensboro* Villanova Virginia Virginia Tech West Virginia Wichita State Wright State XavierCopyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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