Six SEC men’s basketball teams earn NCAA bids

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Six Southeastern Conference teams have received bids to the 2022 NCAA Tournament. That runs the league’s total to 27 NCAA bids over the last four tournaments.

The SEC is 73-43 (62.9 percent) in the NCAA Tournament since 2012.

All 14 SEC teams have made at least one NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven tournaments.

Auburn and Kentucky earned No. 2 seeds while Tennessee is a No. 3 seed, Arkansas is a four and Alabama a six.

Alabama, which is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance in a row and 22nd overall, will meet the winner of Rutgers and Notre Dame in the first round of the tournament on Friday in San Diego, Calif.

Fourth-seeded Arkansas is making its 34th NCAA Tournament appearance and second straight. The Razorbacks meet 13th-seeded Vermont in the first round in on Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y.

Auburn received its highest seed since being seeded No. 1 in 1999 and will face 15th-seeded Jacksonville State on Thursday in Greenville, SC. It is Auburn’s 11th NCAA Tournament appearance.

No. 2 seed Kentucky is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the 59th time and will meet No. 15 Saint Peter’s in the first round Thursday in Indianapolis.

LSU earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the 24th time in school history and the third straight tournament. The sixth-seeded Tigers meet No. 11 Iowa State in the first round Friday in Milwaukee.

The SEC’s automatic qualifier by virtue of winning the SEC Tournament, Tennessee is making its 24th NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth straight. The No. 3 seed in the South Region, the Volunteers meet No. 14 in the first round in Indianapolis.

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