SEC hoops bumbling, stumbling

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SEC basketball doesn’t matter until after the college football season ends. Everyone knows that.

Including the schools.

Florida’s loss to Central Florida Wednesday night was the latest black eye for SEC schools during the first month of the 2010-11 season. (It also left Gators coach Billy Donovan in a foul, foul mood. “Our issues are bigger than this loss,” Donovan said afterward. “We have a bunch of guys on the floor that make nobody better.”)

It’s hard to call yourself a power conference when Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville, St. Peter’s, Dayton, Campbell, Samford, Nicholls St. and UNC Asheville.

To be fair, four of those teams beat Auburn, which may be the worst team in any BCS conference. And most of the carnage is relegated to the SEC West, which is a combined 20-13. The SEC East – where Tennessee’s unbeaten and Vandy and Kentucky are 5-1 – is 29-6. (Too late to designate the West as D-II?)

But still. At this rate, the SEC is going to give the Pac-10 a run for its money as the worst league among the Big Six.

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