SEC Tournament 2012: Odds for Every Team to Make March Madness

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SEC Tournament 2012: Odds for Every Team to Make March Madness
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The 2012 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament commences at noon on Thursday at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

Eighth-seeded LSU will face off against ninth-seeded Arkansas for the right to play Kentucky, who received a bye as the top-seeded team in the tournament.

Getting to play the No. 1 team in America may seem like an impossible assignment. For a few teams in the SEC, the only visible road to the NCAA tournament is through Kentucky and, more specifically, winning the SEC Tournament.

The SEC, while not as deep as the Big East, is similar in that they are both top-heavy with an elite team running away with the regular-season conference title and feature some very talented teams in their second tiers.

Both conference's first and second tiers are pretty locked into the tournament, but how do the third-tier teams measure up?

Using overall and in-conference records, RPI, quality wins, strength of schedule and how well a team finished the season, we can get a good idea of which teams are contenders before Selection Sunday.

Here’s a look at what each team in the SEC needs to accomplish to get into the NCAA tournament.

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