It’s never too early to dream about the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
Joe Lunardi, ESPN’s “bracketology” expert, released on Tuesday a projection of the field for next year’s Big Dance. The SEC is well represented, which is a positive development for the conference.
Florida earns a No. 1 seed in the East Region. Kentucky is the No. 2 seed in West Region. Other schools: Vanderbilt is No. 8 in the West Region, Alabama No. 10 in the Midwest Region and South Carolina No. 10 in the South Region. Arkansas is a No. 11 seed in the East Region as one of the last four teams to make the field. You can check out the complete bracket here.
It would be impressive for the SEC to land six teams in the NCAA Tournament. The conference had a solid showing with five berths this year, a notable increase from just three invitations in 2016. South Carolina, Florida and Kentucky reached the Elite Eight this season, yet another a notable accomplishment.
It will be important for the SEC to build on momentum gained from this March.
Yes, the 2016 NCAA Tournament run was memorable. But the SEC must show this was no one-year fluke. Growth by the teams that made the field this year, plus an additional berth or two next spring, would be a positive outcome for the SEC in 2018.