Missouri Tigers

Deep SEC set to get most NCAA tourney bids in league history

Mississippi State's Ben Howland was hardly shocked when South Carolina upset No. 12 Auburn, and doesn't believe his Southeastern Conference coaching peers were either.

"Auburn goes into South Carolina the other day and South Carolina dominates the game , which doesn't surprise any of us coaches," Howland said. "It's just so difficult night in and night out."

He is not knocking the league-leading Tigers but praising the depth in the SEC, which doesn't have a team ranked in the top 10 but just may have more than 10 good ones.

The SEC appears poised to land more than six teams in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, with some coaches and...