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SEC Rises: Football league has 3 teams vying for Elite Eight

Tennessee's Rick Barnes has coached in the Big East, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12. He's made the NCAA Tournament nearly two dozen times and advanced to the Final Four.

He's been around. He's seen it done a number of different ways.

So Barnes has credibility when he raves about his current league, the Southeastern Conference.

"I've said it all year: This league is better than everybody's giving it credit for," Barnes said Tuesday. "It's not like I told you so, but the fact is this basketball league is better. What I'm ecstatic about is we've had to overcome the perception that it wasn't very good, and we've got teams that have gone out...