Jordan McRae

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

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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

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew:

Tulsa rallies to hand No. 16 SMU 1st home loss 82-77

Tulsa guard James Woodard (10) shoots a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against SMU Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Dallas.  Tulsa won 82-77. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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DALLAS (AP) Shaquille Harrison had 21 points, Pat Birt hit a crucial 3-pointer and scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime and Tulsa rallied from eight points down in the second half to beat No. 16 SMU 82-77 on Wednesday night.

Nic Moore scored 27 to lead the Mustangs (20-3, 9-3 American Athletic). They lost for the first time in 13 home games and dropped to 2-3 since their 18-0 start to a season that won’t include postseason play because of NCAA sanctions.

Moore twice hit 3-pointers to pull SMU within a point in the final minute, but Birt answered the first with a 3 and James Woodard followed the second with two of his six free throws in the final 1:04.

The Golden Hurricane (16-8, 8-4) ended a four-game losing streak against SMU with their eighth win in 10 games since an 0-2 conference start.