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SEC Gets Four into March Madness

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The prayers were answered, and the SEC had four teams in the field of 65.

Kentucky, as expected, got the second overall seed and is the 1-seed in the East bracket. The Wildcats get ETSU to begin and will play the winner of the Texas-Wake Forest 8/9 game in the second round.

Vanderbilt got the next best spot as a 4-seed in the West facing Murray State. Should the Commodores win, they'd get the winner of the Butler-UTEP 5/12 game in the second round.

Tennessee is next up after getting the 6-seed in the Midwest opposite the San Diego State Burgundys. If the Vols prevail they'll get the winner of the Georgetown-Ohio 4/13 game in the second round.

Florida was the final SEC team in the field as a 10-seed in the West matched up against BYU. If the Gators pull the upset, they'll get the winner of the Kansas State-North Texas 2/15 game. Which is to say, they'd get K-State. The 10-seed seems a bit generous by the committee, since most bracketologists weren't sure the Gators would even get in.

Mississippi State ended up out of the field by a point, having lost the SEC Tournament title to Kentucky earlier today. From the looks of it, a Bulldog win would have given the conference five teams in the Big Dance and pushed out someone like Utah State or UTEP. A top seed in the NIT is likely forthcoming for State, who'll be joined by Ole Miss and most likely Alabama as well in that tournament.