No conference outdoes the SEC for boastfulness, and its combination of hubris and triumphs means no conference gets mocked more when it stumbles.
LSU peaked in early December.
So did Alabama, and the Crimson Tide also had to deal with an injury to star guard Jahvon Quinerly in its first-round NCAA Tournament loss.
Auburn peaked in January.
Tennessee picked a bad day to go cold from 3-point range.
But those are excuses, and no one wants to hear them.
Call this what it is, a massive bust for a conference that puffed out its chest all season.