Mark Wiedmer: SEC still getting no respect in hoops

Kentucky's Julius Randle, center, looks for an opening between Florida's Dorian Finney-Smith (10) and Scottie Wilbekin (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Kentucky's Julius Randle, center, looks for an opening between Florida's Dorian Finney-Smith (10) and Scottie Wilbekin (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

The Southeastern Conference better hope that those folks picking four teams for the new college football playoff will view the SEC far more favorably than those selecting the 68 schools for the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Otherwise, America's historically best football conference might be as red-faced as its hoops coaches are expected to be when the field for March Madness is announced one month from today.

When Missouri outlasted visiting Tennessee 75-70 on Saturday afternoon, the number of SEC schools assured of receiving bids seemed to be only three: No. 3 Florida, No. 14 Kentucky and Mizzou, with the Volunteers still probable but far from certain.

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