In an attempt to improve declining men's basketball attendance, the SEC is talking with ESPN about finding better start times and offering ESPN content only accessible for fans at arenas.
SEC teams enter the final month of the regular season averaging 10,126 fans per game in announced attendance, down 1 percent from last year at this time. SEC teams averaged 10,571 fans in 2012-13, third in the country but its lowest since 1986-87.
Half of the SEC's teams' crowds are up and half down in 2013-14. Many of the teams that are down possess some of the largest fan bases: Missouri (23 percent decrease), Tennessee (11 percent), Vanderbilt (11 percent) and Alabama (10 percent). All four of those teams may be left out of the NCAA Tournament.
From Al.com. Note- this counts paid attendance not ACTUAL attendance as we know we are down more than 10% from last year.
Unless a miracle happens I don't think the SEC gets more than 4 teams in the NCAA Tournament. That is beyond sad. I'm counting Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ole Miss (Mizzou could fall out if they are not careful).
Updated SEC Standings (from ESPN):