- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2011

DESTIN, FLA. (AP) - Men’s basketball in the Southeastern Conference is about to be united.

The league is expected to eliminate divisions Friday, a move that would make seeding the postseason tournament more fair but also could create some scheduling issues.

The SEC’s 12 basketball coaches proposed to athletic directors this week that the league scrap the divisional format and that the tournament be seeded 1 through 12. The top four teams would receive byes in the opening round.

Commissioner Mike Slive expects the proposal to pass when athletic directors and school presidents vote Friday, and the changes would be implemented for the 2011-12 season.

The 16-game conference schedule would remain intact for one year, then the league would expand its number of league games the following season.

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