Mississippi Ends 32-Year Wait for 2nd SEC Basketball Title

The University of Mississippi beat the University of Florida 66-63 to end a 32-year wait for a second Southeastern Conference men’s basketball tournament title.

It was the first appearance in the SEC championship game for the Rebels since they lost to Kentucky in 2001. Ole Miss won the tournament for the only previous time in 1981.

Also today, the University of Miami defeated the University of North Carolina 87-77 to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament for the first time. Saint Louis University defeated Virginia Commonwealth University 62-56 to claim its first Atlantic 10 title and Ohio State overcame Wisconsin 50-43 in the final of the Big Ten tournament.

Miami this season won its first regular-season title since joining the ACC in 2004-05. North Carolina has now lost in the conference championship game for three straight years.

Miami was given the No. 2 seeding in the East region for the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament and will open against No. 15 University of the Pacific on March 22.

Ohio State was named the second seed in the West and will play Iona College on March 22. Ole Miss, which last played in the NCAA tournament in 2002, was made the No. 12 in the region and will face No. 5 Wisconsin on the same day. Saint Louis got the No. 4 seeding in the Midwest and faces the 13th-seeded New Mexico State on March 21.

Louisville was named the tournament’s top overall seed and will play in the Midwest region. Gonzaga is the No. 1 in the West, Indiana got the top seeding in the East and Kansas is No. 1 in the South.

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