My Georgia Bulldogs women’s basketball team enters the SEC tournament tomorrow uncomfortably close to the NCAA bubble. They’ve been in 19 straight NCAA tournaments.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Greg Sargent notes powerful evangelical opposition to same-sex marriage makes any “adjustment” to changing public opinion difficult. More about that tomorrow.

* Administration quietly extends for another year the ability to continue non-ACA-compliant individual insurance policies in states going along with it.

* Prospect‘s Robert Waldman argues for getting rid of invariably invidious talk about pols being “pro-” or “anti-Israel.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys warns coalition of private prison owners and public corrections employees could slow down de-incarceration trend.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay sorts through conflicting evidence on whether starting college at two-year or four-year institutions boosts graduation rates.

And in non-political news:

* SAT moves back to 1600 scale and an optional essay.

That’s it for the day. Since some of you are probably chafing at the religious music today, here’s a more secular reflection on mortality from David Bowie: “Ashes to Ashes.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.