SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said Friday night the league will have a "serious conversation" soon about reseeding the conference hoops tournament.
"There may be a better way to do this," he said during the SEC Tournament telecast.
The SEC seeds teams based on where they finish in their divisions. The top two teams in each division get a first-round bye. That has led to teams with better records not getting a bye.
If the teams were seeded first through 12th based on their league record, Vanderbilt -- the third-place finisher in the East Division -- would have received a bye this season over Mississippi State, the No. 2 seed from the West.
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Analysts also criticize the imbalance created when one division is stronger than another. The East is expected to send as many as five teams to the NCAAs. The West could have one. Slive seems to have recognized that.
"I'm not sure our league gets properly characterized the way we have the divisions now," he said.
Slive said league coaches were not ready to change seedings after last season, but they will discuss it at the upcoming spring meetings in Destin, Fla. Several coaches have suggested recently they would back reseeding the tournament.
"I think we ought to take a very hard look at it," Slive said. "So I will encourage our coaches and our athletic directors to take a look. We've been asked to put together a whole series of scenarios and formats to bring to Destin."