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March 16th, 2017
Rinse, wash, repeat. Kentucky just won its 30th SEC tournament title and its 3rd consecutive as John Calipari joins Tubby Smith and Rick Pitino to tie them for their 5th overall title in their tenures at UK. But, the commonwealth of Kentucky doesn’t settle for SEC tournament titles. Hence, why they only hang banners for national championships. But, Kentucky is not the only SEC school who has a chance to claim a national title. Florida, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and South Carolina join Kentucky in the big dance.
We have officially finished the 2016-2017 regular season in the Big 12 and what a season it was. Several teams had a rollercoaster ride throughout conference play, and at the end of the day the conference has essentially locked up five NCAA Tournament bids. Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia are in barring a huge surprise from the selection committee. Kansas State came into this week fighting to keep their tournament hopes alive, and went in opposite directions to close out the year.
We have endured 415 games involving SEC basketball, and with each team playing their final game this Saturday, the SEC regular season will come to a close. Throughout the college basketball season, and more importantly throughout conference play we experienced what you come to expect from a college basketball season. From some teams surprising people, to great individual performances, to most importantly: the upsets.
It was not a pretty week for the Big 12 outside of Lawrence, Kansas and even the Jayhawks had their share of struggles. Two teams not themselves out of the NCAA Tournament as things currently stand (more on that later) while Baylor and West Virginia continued to slide, both dropping a game this week. Kansas did manage to clinch the Big 12 regular season outright this week, but they had to come back in a big way to beat the worst team in the conference, the Oklahoma Sooners. They clinched the title with a surprise team in second place, the Iowa State Cyclones.