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nicholastiger
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Interesting how the commentators last night mentioned the possibility of teams skipping
conference tourneys if you are in the NCAA tourney based on regular season.
Do you really need to risk going to a tournament site where all teams will be and risk having a covid outbreak?

Has there been any talk about possibly having a tourney where you start it with games at home sites around sec and then have maybe the semifinals and finals in Nashville?

Will be interesting to see what ends up happening.
Do teams possibly opt out of SEC tourney if they are happy with their projected seed? I know a lot of times a strong tourney run can bump that seed up quite a bit.

Just thought it was interesting they even brought it up on network telecast.


Bottom9
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re: Interesting how the commentators last night mentioned the possibility of teams skipping
If I were an SEC team on the bubble and one of the sure fire tournament teams sat out I'd be pissed because one win in the SEC tournament could get you to the big dance.

I hope we personally don't sit out. It would be nice for us to win an SEC tournament title in my lifetime. Haven't done it since 1980 despite having won the SEC regular season 6 times since then


nicholastiger
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re: Interesting how the commentators last night mentioned the possibility of teams skipping
Not saying I want LSU to do it because I would love to win the tourney title and you know the players want to.

Just thought it was odd they even discussed it.



DeathValley85
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re: Interesting how the commentators last night mentioned the possibility of teams skipping
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Just thought it was interesting they even brought it up on network telecast.


I agree...but I think in the end no teams opt out of the conference tourney.

I guess a big maybe would be if a team was presumed a 1 seed already.


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redfish99
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re: Interesting how the commentators last night mentioned the possibility of teams skipping
Could easily see some top seeded teams doing it. Just go straight to Indy when time comes


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Alt26
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re: Interesting how the commentators last night mentioned the possibility of teams skipping
It is an interesting thought and one that, unfortunately, makes sense. In the major conferences the conf. tourney is VASTLY overrated in terms of its effect on the NCAAT unless you are a team on the bubble or needing to win the whole thing to get an auto bid. The selection committee has mentioned many times that the conf tourney is not looked at as a whole so to speak, but game by game. That is, getting to the finals by beating 3 avg/below average teams is not as impactful as losing in the semis, but beating 2 really good teams (and playing a 3rd) to get there.

That said, lets say LSU wins the SEC reg season. Though it is not an "auto bid", they will absolutely be in the NCAAT. Therefore, other than MAYBE improving their seed by 1 spot or so, the conf. tourney is an unnecessary risk. That has to some degree always been the case for the regular season champs and other "locks" (ask 2000 Cincinnati when they lost POY Kenyon Martin in the CUSA tournament). But with the ongoing stupidity of "pandemic" and particularly, the ridiculousness contact tracing, going on the road to play an unnecessary conf tournament could present MUCH more risk than reward. It would be terrible to watch coaches and players (for a second year in a row in some cases) play an entire season only to miss out on the NCAAT not because they are gravely ill, but because one of the towel boys tested positive for covid.

I think it is a decision almost all of the major conf. regular season champions will have to make


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Alt26
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re: Interesting how the commentators last night mentioned the possibility of teams skipping
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Not saying I want LSU to do it because I would love to win the tourney title and you know the players want to


I enjoy watching the SECT. But if LSU wins the regular season title I absolutely want them to skip the SECT. The potential reward doesn't outweigh the risk. Both covid AND a potential for injury. There would be MUCH more important games to be played than those in the SECT.


SeanLSU
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re: Interesting how the commentators last night mentioned the possibility of teams skipping
With regards to LSU specifically, I don't see us opting out. Will Wade has said since before the first game that his priority is getting his team to play as many games as possible this season. He agreed to the Ole Miss reschedule just 48 hours before the game was to be played when it became clear that we could not play Missouri due to covid. He is not afraid to play anyone anywhere anytime, and the team takes their cue from him in that regard. If the SEC tournament is scheduled to be played, and there are safety protocols in place (there will be), then you can expect LSU to show up and whoop some folks.


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geauxtigers33
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re: Interesting how the commentators last night mentioned the possibility of teams skipping
The SEC will never allow it because they wil get backlash from the network that carries the tournament. Who is going to watch a SEC tournament when the best teams aren’t even playing in it? The whole reason the tournaments exist is to make money on the tv deals.


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