Southeastern Conference working to improve non-conference schedules, NCAA tournament berths

Southeastern Conference basketball coaches are getting a lesson in scheduling analytics.

It could lead to more NCAA tournament berths.

On the heels of what SEC Commissioner Mike Slive called a "bad year" — defending national champion Kentucky missed the tournament while only Florida advanced past the first weekend — the league has hired former NCAA tournament guru Greg Shaheen as a scheduling consultant.

Shaheen gave detailed presentations to coaches and athletic directors during the league's annual spring meetings this week. And SEC schools agreed to send their non-conference schedules to the league office for evaluation and possibly renovation.

Slive says the league wants to play "the kind of schedules that will position us to put the number of teams in the (NCAA) tournament that we have traditionally over the years."