Kentucky's national title adds to SEC dominance
Kentucky's 67-59 victory over Kansas for the SEC men's askebtball National championship Monday night is the third national title for an SEC-member school during the 2011-12 sports season. The Wildcats join Alabama (football) and Florida (men’s indoor track and field) in winning national titles this season.
The SEC has now won 11 NCAA men’s basketball tournament titles with Kentucky claiming eight (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996 and 1998). Florida has two (2006, 2007) and Arkansas has one (1994). The league has won 29 national championships during the last six academic years, an average of almost five per year.
Since 1993, the SEC has won six men’s basketball national championships – Arkansas (1994), Kentucky (1996), Kentucky (1998), Florida (2006), Florida (2007) and Kentucky (2012). Only the ACC (6) has won as many men’s basketball titles during this time.
The SEC is currently the reigning national champions in the “big three” men’s sports: Football (Alabama), Men’s Basketball (Kentucky) and Baseball (South Carolina). In those sports, the SEC has won 11 national championships during the last six academic years.
Since 2006, the SEC has had a national champion in 10 of its 20 sponsored sports – football, men’s basketball, baseball, men’s indoor track and field, women’s swimming and diving, gymnastics, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, men’s swimming and diving and women’s basketball.
Eight of the 12 SEC schools have won national championships in the 20 SEC-sponsored sports since Fall 2006. They include: Alabama (football, gymnastics), Auburn (football, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving), Florida (men’s indoor track, women’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, football, men’s basketball), Georgia (gymnastics, men’s tennis), Kentucky (men’s basketball), LSU (baseball, football, women’s outdoor track and field), South Carolina (baseball), Tennessee (women’s basketball, women’s indoor track and field)
And there's still time for the leage to add a few titles before the sports season concludes. An SEC team is currently ranked in the top three in the latest national polls in all of its remaining sponsored sports for the year – gymnastics, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, softball and baseball.
Florida is among those schools in four sports: baseball (No. 1), men's track and field (No. 1), gymnastics (No. 1) and women's tennis (No. 2).