The SEC is never known to be one of the top basketball conferences, but that hasn’t been the case so far in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
With Florida’s second-round win against Virginia on Saturday night, the SEC is guaranteed to have a non-losing record in this year’s tournament. The conference is 5-1 thus far, with Kentucky, Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida still alive in the tourney.
The Gators secured a spot in the Sweet 16, while the other three teams play their second-round matchups on Sunday.
No. 2 Kentucky plays No. 10 Wichita State, No. 8 Arkansas plays No. 1 North Carolina, and No. 7 South Carolina plays No. 2 Duke.
The only SEC team to suffer a loss in the tournament so far is Vanderbilt, which lost to Northwestern in the first round on Thursday.
While the conference is usually subpar in basketball — other than Kentucky, of course — the conference could make up a quarter of the Sweet 16 should the Wildcats, the Razorbacks, and the Gamecocks pull out wins on Sunday.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey tweeted his congratulations to the Gators after their lopsided victory on Saturday night:
— Greg Sankey (@GregSankey) March 19, 2017
The SEC last won a national championship when Kentucky took the title in 2012.