SEC dominated Big 3 sports in past decade, winning 15 of 30 NCAA titles
The Final Four will be played Saturday without an SEC team.
Consider it a reprieve, a rare opportunity for other corners of the country to capture a big prize.
From 2006 through Alabama’s most recent football title, the SEC enjoyed a decade of dominance in football, basketball and baseball.
SEC teams combined to win 15 national titles in that span — exactly half of the 30 available — by far the most of any conference.
A closer look at the past 10 seasons in each sport:
SEC: The conference produced eight of the past 10 national champions. The ACC and Big Ten each produced one.
Alabama, with four titles in seven years, obviously did the bulk of the work, but not all of it. Florida, LSU and Auburn also won contributed to the title tally.
It was quite a rebound from 1996-2005, when Florida and Tennessee won the SEC’s only outright titles and LSU split the 2003 crown with South California.
ACC: Florida State ran the table in 2013, winning the conference’s first football crown since the Noles’ 1999 team. (Miami won in 2001 as a member of the Big East.)
Big Ten: Ohio State was the only other non-SEC winner from the past 10. The Buckeyes outlasted Alabama en route to winning the 2014 title. That was the Big Ten’s first title since Ohio State beat Miami on the controversial finish in 2002.
SEC: For all of the football domination talk, the league’s men’s basketball programs were every bit as impressive.
The SEC won three NCAA tournaments from 2006-15 (Florida two, Kentucky one) and sent eight teams to the Final Four during that stretch. No conference won more, and only the Big East sent more.
— Wasserman (@Wasserman) April 2, 2015
ACC: The ACC bounced back with authority this season, sending four teams to the Elite Eight and two to the Final Four. North Carolina and Syracuse play Saturday night, guaranteeing the league a spot in Monday’s championship game.
But the previous 10 NCAA tournaments weren’t as successful. Yes, the ACC matched the SEC by winning three titles (Duke two, UNC one) but sent just four teams to the Final Four during that span after sending 10 and winning three titles from 1996-2005.
Big East: The golden era ended when Syracuse and Louisville left for the ACC, but from 2006-2015, the league won three NCAA tournaments — actually three in a four-year span — and sent nine teams to the Final Four.
Villanova has a chance to make it four titles in six years.
Big Ten: The league sent eight teams to the Final Four but just three reached the championship three, and all three lost.
Big 12: Kansas won the 2008 NCAA Tournament, one of just two times the league reached the Final Four.
SEC: South Carolina captured consecutive College World Series titles in 2010-2011, two of the four the league won from 2006-2015. Vanderbilt (2014) and LSU (2009) also added to the tally, which matched the Pac-12 for the most during that span.
The SEC also had five runners-up, meaning its teams were in the championship series eight out of the 10 years.
— Nick Smith (@NorCalNickSmith) June 26, 2014
ACC: In a rematch of the 2014 final, Virginia outlasted Vanderbilt in last year’s CWS championship series, preventing a Commodores repeat and giving the ACC its first CWS crown since Wake Forest in 1955.
The league had come close several times, finishing second three times in the past decade before the Cavaliers crashed through.
Pac-12: The league that gave us the Southern Cal dynasty in the 1970s matched the SEC by winning four CWS crowns during the past decade. Oregon State started the run, beating UNC in consecutive finals in 2006 and 2007.
The Pac-12’s two most recent titles came at the expense of SEC teams: UCLA took out Mississippi State in 2013, a year after Arizona ended South Carolina’s two-year reign at the top of the sport.
Mountain West: Fresno State beat Georgia in the 2008 CWS final.