By DAVID BRANDT
AP Sports Writer
It didn't take long for LSU to jump back on top of the Southeastern Conference.
The Tigers are the No. 1 seed in this week's SEC tournament -- just one year after missing the field entirely -- and hope to win an expanded version of the event, which begins on Tuesday at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.
The SEC tournament field has expanded to 10 teams from the usual eight, a move made in advance of the league's expansion to 14 teams next season. But the coaches hope there's another added benefit -- more teams making the NCAA tournament.
Two-time defending national champion South Carolina is the tournament's No. 2 seed. Florida is the No. 3 seed and Kentucky is No. 4.