It's hard not to expect the Southeastern Conference to have a better overall year in 2013-14 after the embarrassment that was the 2012-13 season. With only three NCAA tournament bids, the 14-team league was the laughingstock of the big boys, even with Florida making the Elite Eight.
Surely things will be better this time around, right?
So far, it has been a better showing by the SEC, though CBS Sports' Jerry Palm still has it rated as the country's sixth-best league (up from ninth last season) thanks to the early play of Florida, Missouri and, to a point, Kentucky.
Will the SEC continue to rise up as conference play begins on Tuesday? Check out our primer for what's in store.