It was only 16 months ago that the SEC was unequivocally college basketball's worst major conference after sending only three teams to the NCAA tournament and advancing none of them past the first weekend.
The SEC still hasn't fully recovered, but there are signs it may be on the verge of a significant upswing.
Kentucky has reemerged as an elite national power under John Calipari. Florida appears poised to rejoin Tennessee and Vanderbilt as perennial NCAA tournament mainstays. And quietly, lesser programs like Georgia, Alabama and Auburn have new coaches whose recruiting success has their teams in position to make great strides in the next two years.
The commitment second-year Georgia coach Mark Fox received this past weekend from future McDonald's All-American Kentavious Caldwell reinforced the notion that the Bulldogs may be on the verge of relevancy again after an almost decade-long hiatus. They are one of the teams on the rise in the chart below looking at which SEC programs are trending up and which are declining: