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The SEC is unbeaten heading into the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament


Florida entered as the top overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament after a a 32-2 regular season, riding a 26-game winning streak. Despite having the nation’s best team, the SEC only received three bids as Kentucky and Tennessee rounded out the conference’s presence in the NCAA tournament.

The Volunteers were handed one of the last spots in the field, having to play Iowa in the First Four in Dayton on Wednesday night.

After only receiving half as many bids as the ACC, Atlantic 10 and Big Ten, the SEC is the only major conference to have an unblemished record entering the Round of 32.

Tennessee knocked off Iowa in overtime to advance to the Round of 64, where the Vols rolled past No. 6 seed UMass in the Midwest Region. With Mercer’s upset win over No. 3 seed Duke, Tennessee could be eyeing a spot in the Sweet 16.

Kentucky topped Kansas State in the same region on Friday night. The Wildcats, whose fans printed 40-0 T-shirts before the season even began, will take on the only team in the field with a shot of finishing the year 40-0 in Wichita State.

Florida kicks off the Round of 32 Saturday afternoon against a Pitt team that is playing very well as of late.

Conference NCAA Tournament records after the Round of 64.

SEC*: 4-0

American: 3-1

Atlantic 10: 2-4

ACC*: 3-2

Big East*: 2-2

Big 10*: 3-3

Big 12: 4-3

Mountain West: 1-1

Pac-12: 3-1

West Coast: 1-1

American East*: 1-1

Atlantic Sun: 1-0

Big Sky: 0-1

Big South: 0-1

Big West*: 1-1

CAA: 0-1

Conference USA: 0-1

Horizon League: 0-1

Ivy League: 1-0

MAAC: 0-1

MAC: 0-1

MEAC: 0-1

Missouri Valley: 1-0

Northeast*: 0-1

Ohio Valley: 0-1

Patriot League: 0-1

Southern: 0-1

Southland: 1-0

SWAC*: 0-1

Summit League: 1-0

Sun Belt: 0-1

WAC: 0-1

*Conference member played in First Four

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.