A few numbers, stats, and tibits about each SEC team in the field of 64:
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Florida: The Gators have lost 6 of 7 heading into the NCAA Tournament. They face a regional field without a P5 Program (Jacksonville, FAU, Columbia). Friday’s opponent Columbia is #185 in the RPI.
Ole Miss: The 2018 SEC Tournament champs have been on-fire in the last 3 weeks. The Rebs are 11-2 since Cinco de Mayo and won four-straight elimination games in Hoover to win the SEC title.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks will stay home all the way through Omaha which bodes well for them. The Hogs are tied with Stanford for the nation’s best home record (30-3). Arkansas has lost 1 game at Baum Stadium since March 9th.
Georgia: The Dawgs quietly finished with the #3 strength of schedule and the #9 RPI in the country this year. The Bulldogs played the lowest number of games nationally against teams 100+ in the RPI.
Auburn: The Tigers were snubbed for a host spot despite an RPI of 14. The Plainsmen won 19 games against top 50 teams (5th nationally) and played the 8th-best schedule in the country. Only Florida played more games against the top 50.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs went 9-1 vs. the SEC regular season, tournament, and division champions (as well as RPI top-five teams). The Tallahassee Regional is the meteorology regional: OU, FSU, and State are considered among the country’s best at producing meteorologists.
LSU: The Tigers played 6 games in 6 days in Hoover – a record in the SEC Tournament. It is likely the first-time in school history that the Tigers have played six-straight days. LSU won 4 games in Hoover which matches their road win-total this year.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks are the lowest-RPI two-seed in the tournament. Yet only 8 teams in the country have beat more top-50 teams than USC.
Vanderbilt: The Vandy Boys are 31-25, the lowest win total and winning percentage among two-seeds in the tournament. They’ve played the fourth-most top-50 games and have 18 top-50 wins, tied for 6th in the nation.
Texas A&M: The Aggies are the only at-large team in the field with a sub-.500 conference record. The Ags face RPI #29 Indiana Friday – the only first-round game where the lower-seed has a better RPI than the higher-seed. RPI-wise, the Aggies and Hoosiers are the best first-round game in the Tournament.
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