Plenty of success in SEC, but ...

Originally Published: December 10, 2003
By Pat Forde | Special to ESPN.com

When the season began, the Southeastern Conference was almost universally viewed as Florida, Kentucky and 10 schmoes.

You couldn't find another SEC team in anyone's top 25. You couldn't find an SEC player on anyone's All-America team. You couldn't find any reason to think this league would match up at all with the Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten or Big East.

Only commissioner Mike Slive was bullish on SEC basketball when the clock struck Midnight Madness.

Today? Pollsters ...

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