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SEC Needs To Be Smart In Hammering Out Its Basketball Schedule, Too

Yesterday we beat you over the head with our continued push for a nine-game SEC football schedule.  You know, the kind that appears not to be on the way.  At least not now.

Today, we wanted to remind you of our views regarding the SEC’s new basketball scheduling format.  Ah, yes, basketball is on the docket for a Destin vote as well.

As you already know, the league will continue to go division-less in hoops just as it did this past season.  And with Missouri and Texas A&M joining the conference, the league’s schedule will increase from 16 games to 18 games per season.

There have been recent conversations across the conference that the SEC might choose to preserve just one permanent home-and-home opponent per team under its new format.  If that’s anything more than fearmongering, then the SEC is about to botch its hoops schedule as badly as sticking with an eight-game plan for football will botch things on the gridiron.

Back in January, we rolled out what we call our 4-1-8 plan.  The goal of our plan was to preserve as many of the SEC’s old rivalries as possible while also creating new, geographically-driven rivalries for the league’s two new members.

You can read the full plan — including which of the SEC’s most-played rivalries would be continued — right here.

The gist of the plan, however, can be summed up easily:

 

1.  Each school would play nine home games and nine road games.

2.  Each school would face four permanent rival schools at home and away each year.

3.  Each should would play one rotating rival at home and away each year as well (which brings the total number games versus home-and-away opponents to 10).

4.  Each school would face the remaining eight league schools once per season (with four of those games at home and four on the road).

 

Easy.  Simple. Grounded in tradition.  Why that’s as perfect as a basketball schedule can be.

Which is why we would be shocked if the Southeastern Conference approves such a plan.  It makes too much sense.  Instead, we expect many traditional rivalries to be scrapped in order for SEC coaches and ADs to guarantee themselves the easiest, creampuffiest schedules possible.

At any rate, with the focus on the SEC’s new football scheduling format sure to get most of the attention at the SEC Meetings in a couple of weeks, we thought it was important to remind folks that basketball is about to get a revamp, too.  Here’s hoping the SEC will do a better job on the hoops front than it appears it will on the football front.

 


6 comments
coopercincy
coopercincy

What about the SEC tournament format?  Any ideas how it will change?  2 extra teams = 2 extra games = 1 extra session (Weds night?)

Bubba Gump
Bubba Gump

John,

 

Care to go school by school to see how the matchups would go?

ConnGator
ConnGator

EIther one is fine with me.  If we do 3 primary,  4 secondary, my guess is Florida would want:

 

Primary: UK, UT, Vandy

Secondary: Bama, UGA, LSU, MSU

m_Ag
m_Ag

I don't see the point in having the 1 'rotating' home and away school.  You'll play that school an extra 1 time every 9 years!  Might as well just have 5 permanent opponents.

 

My preference- give every team 3 'primary rivals' and 4 'secondary rivals'.  In a given year play all 3 primary rivals home and home and 2 of the 4 secondary rivals home and home.  The remaining schools (including the 2 other secondary rivals) would be played once.  In 2 years you'd play your primary rivals 4 times, your secondary rivals 3 times, and everyone else twice.

 

This lets schools keep a number of regional rivals;  kind of like giving each school their own 'division' in the conference.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

Bubba Gump...

 

Read the link provided  -- the red text stating "right here" -- and we do just that.  School by school based on historical rivals.

 

Thanks for reading, 

John

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

m_Ag...

 

The point is for every school in the league to get Kentucky at home more often.  That game is a seller for every SEC team.

 

Thanks for reading,

John 



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