Awwwhhhhh, Louisville !!!!!
2014 and Louisville is still in for the sweet 16. But it does not count for the ACC yet.
Let's see, 3 SEC bids and 3 SEC teams in sweet sixteen including a #1 seed. No ACC.
Looks like a pattern the NCAA selection committees continue under-valuing the SEC.
Yeah, I said that wrong; needed to proof; meant No ACC with three teams in sweet 16.
The B12, BIG, ACC, and Pac12 did double the SEC's invites. Those conferences and BE were ranked ahead of the SEC in Sagarin ratings; but Sagarin is also weighed heavy with its base start which never really gets factored out. Control for 'reputation' is not complete. Of course one can argue about 'bubble' teams such as NCSU till the cows come home.
PAC12, BIG, and the SEC have 3 remaining each. The B12 and AAC (including Louisville) have 2 each. And of course the ACC and the A10 each have a representative in the sweet 16.
If the argument is that Tennessee, for example, had it easy given their lower seed, then that, in itself, would imply the selection process has flaws. If the number of SEC entries are determined to be appropriately deserved, then it would suggest that the selection process was balanced and the SEC has so far done particularly well with having 100% there at the number 16 level.
It may not be so much the is SEC under-rated (looking at multi-years), but that certain other conferences/schools are over-rated.