SEC Basketball Coaches have decided to do away with the inter-conference divisions in Basketball. SEC Basketball now becomes one large conference with East and West Divisions no more. Adding to the consensus, the ADs from each SEC school voted the same way the coaches did to officially remove the divisional lines for SEC Basketball for 2012-2013 season. With the days of East and West on the hardwood over, 12 teams will fight it out in a battle royale.
Many coaches supported this decision because they saw an opportunity to place more SEC teams into the NCAA Tournament. Look at Alabama last year in the SEC West in a weak division of the conference. It hurt Bama’s Strength of Schedule and was probably a factor in ruling them out of the NCAA Tournament when they deserved to be in.
Since division lines no longer exist, teams will play conference opponents all over the SEC, and hopefully, what kept Bama out of the tourney last year will not be an issue any longer. The current scheduling will remain for 2011-2012 season, but the SEC Tournament will seed teams 1-12 instead of 1-6 for each division. This could make things interesting.
The larger questions remain, “How are the schedules going to work out for the 2012-2013 season? Will teams still play a schedule like they did with the East/West format? Or, will they take on a similar schedule that the women already have and just mix it up each year?” The SEC must still answer these questions.
Just in case you were wondering, Arkansas Razorbacks Basketball Head Coach Mike Anderson voted IN FAVOR of the proposal.
What do you think? What kind of scheduling should the SEC adopt? Should the conference draw teams from a hat to determine the opponents? Should they keep the format of East/West the same but not have divisions? Give us your input in the comment section below! We want to know what you think and what your ideas are on the SEC scheduling with no divisions!!
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