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What the SEC Tournament would look like with no divisions


With the SEC Tournament kicking off this week, there will again be talks and numerous stories about the unique seeding the conference uses for their postseason tournament.  A year ago, there was some discussion about changing it and, based on questions being asked on the SEC Coaches Teleconferences, it seems it might rear its head again.  However, if the SEC were to change to the Big 12 model, which simply seeds 1-12 instead of using divisional rankings, there doesn’t seem to be a whole of of change. 

The above bracket shows the re-seeding based on the Big 12 model and the biggest benefactor is, of course, Vanderbilt, who receives the bye that is currently held by Mississippi State.  The Bulldogs would face a first round game with Auburn and then a likely second round date with the Cats.  Rick Stansbury’s gang presents a more difficult matchup than the South Carolina/Ole Miss winner they’ll face under current rules, but not a major threat.  Had Alabama struggled in conference like they did in non-conference, though, we might have been looking at four SEC East teams with byes and a far more heated debate.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

17 Comments for What the SEC Tournament would look like with no divisions

  1. GoCats2
    11:34 am March 7, 2011 Permalink

    I still think that is a pretty favorable bracket for us. That Alabama game for us this year was a fluke.

  2. bluetexan
    11:35 am March 7, 2011 Permalink

    TX Tech just fired Pat Knight…BCG has reportedly hired a driver and is on his way to Lubbock.

  3. cmeade
    11:41 am March 7, 2011 Permalink

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  4. Wall2Cousins
    11:46 am March 7, 2011 Permalink

    need new link for radio station…..”station not available”

  5. Bigbluecalizone
    11:48 am March 7, 2011 Permalink

    WoW. Forde actually showing the Cats some love on 1st and 10??? Is the world ending today or what?.

  6. Computer Blue
    11:49 am March 7, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve got no problem with the current system. If they switch they might as well get rid of the divisions for basketball because otherwise the weaker still has an advantage just based on scheduling.

  7. News!
    11:50 am March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Knight out at Texas Tech….

  8. Catlanta
    11:52 am March 7, 2011 Permalink

    I just looked on WCN and appears group rate is no longer available. Do you know a way to still get it?

  9. Bob Loblaw
    11:53 am March 7, 2011 Permalink

    The only major difference I see for us would be the time of our game. The late game Friday night puts you at a huge disadvantage. Especially when you only go 6 deep. We lucked out getting the 330 start time.

  10. Johnny Two Times
    11:53 am March 7, 2011 Permalink

    why does this bracket say Cats play at 10pm?

  11. The Real Pioneer
    11:55 am March 7, 2011 Permalink


  12. Keep on keepin on
    11:56 am March 7, 2011 Permalink

    10) This is not the real bracket. This is a mock bracket if the SEC just seeded 1-12. Reading is your friend.

  13. Fake Barney
    11:57 am March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Even I would own Troy McKinley

  14. Dee
    12:05 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    All this talk about eliminating divisions is dumb. A couple of idiots at ESPN suggested it and now everyone else is talking about it. They always use the Big XII model, the Big XII is going to expand to divisions. This is the SEC not the lame Big East.

  15. Troy McKinley
    12:05 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    All these comments about me are getting old.

  16. NBA league pass
    12:36 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    I think it should be changed. It worked out ok for us this year, but if we would have lost some tiebreaker and had to play thursday I would be pissed.

  17. Rob
    12:46 pm March 7, 2011 Permalink

    Consider 2006-07, when we would’ve gotten a bye as the #4 overall (and #4 in the east).

    Only one of the past five seasons would’ve seen more than one SEC west team with a bye (2008-09).