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Thursday February 28, 2013 SEC is deeper (and better) than people think

Updated: 5:32pm, February 28

Frank GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- So a tweet from South Carolina coach Frank Martin (aka @frankmartin_sc) rolls up on the news feed Thursday.

How about this 4 everyone that says that the SEC is weak: SEC has 9 Teams in RPI Top 100... Big 10 has 8, ACC has 7, Big 12 has 6.

Figured I’d check it out.

And flush it out

Coach Martin is on the money. Among the so-called six BCS power leagues, the Southeastern Conference checks in with the third-most teams ranked in the Top 100, according to the latest Ratings Percentage Index. That’s more than the Big Ten, Atlantic Coast and Big 12.

Granted, the SEC doesn’t have the quantity of top-25 teams, but as we’ve gotten deeper into the season the league has proven out to be better than it’s given credit for.

A breakdown:

BIG EAST -- 11
Louisville (8), Georgetown (10), Syracuse (12), Marquette (14), Connecticut (33), Pittsburgh (41), Notre Dame (45), Cincinnati (50), Villanova (56), St. John’s (61) and Providence (84).

PAC-12 -- 9
Arizona (13), Colorado (22), UCLA (37), California (46), Oregon (48), Stanford (69), Washington (75), Arizona State (88), USC (96).

SEC SOUTHEASTERN -- 9
Florida (5), Missouri (43), Kentucky (49), Tennessee (53), Mississippi (55), Alabama (62), Texas A&M (87), Arkansas (89) and LSU (92).

BIG TEN -- 8
Indiana (6), Michigan State (7), Michigan (11), Minnesota (15), Ohio State (19), Wisconsin (23), Illinois (32), Iowa (90).

ACC - 7
Duke (1), Miami (3), North Carolina (20), North Carolina State (26), Virginia (67), Maryland (73), Florida State (81).

BIG 12 - 6
Kansas (4), Kansas State (21), Oklahoma (27), Oklahoma State (28), Iowa State (54), Baylor (59).


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