SEC has itself to blame for hoops woes

The embarrassment that was selection Sunday should be the perfect wakeup call for Southeastern Conference men’s basketball. It is long since past time for the league and its coaches to treat SEC basketball as more than a redheaded stepchild.

The timing of Sunday’s humbling of the league could not have been better. Mike Slive, the SEC Commissioner, happened to be chairman of the NCAA tournament selection committee this season. Thus, he saw first-hand all the SEC’s warts as exposed by the committee. Also, the league hitting rock bottom in men’s basketball comes as it embarks on a new television contract for the sport, meaning more national exposure for conference teams is on the way.