Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rumored SEC/Big 12 Challenge Match-ups

Let's talk about something else that doesn't involve transfers, basketball apathy and fired coaches. We're probably months before schedules for next season begin to take shape, but there is one thing we do know. The SEC and Big 12 will meet next season in a series of games making up one of those made for TV (ESPN) challenges. There will be ten games, five at the home of an SEC team and the other five at a Big 12 arena near you. The rumored match-ups have been kicking around the internet for about a week now. Again, these are nothing more than rumors at the moment so take with a grain of salt.

Alabama/Oklahoma
Florida/Kansas
Kentucky/Texas
Tennessee/Baylor
Missouri/West Virginia
South Carolina/Kansas State
Ole Miss/Iowa State
LSU/TCU
A&M/Texas Tech
Arkansas/Oklahoma State

The Florida/Kansas game is supposedly a done deal, with the game taking place in Gainesville. The rest of the match-ups, I'm not sold on yet. For one thing, I seriously doubt a situation would be set up in which both Frank Martin and Trent Johnson would play their former teams so soon after leaving them. If anything, I think the SEC teams should be flipped in that scenario.  I also find it difficult to believe that Vandy would not be included in this event in place of Carolina or A&M, two teams that will probably not be projected ahead of Vandy when the preseason selections are released.

There are some match-ups that are appealing, however. Alabama/Oklahoma, Missouri/West Virginia, Tennessee/Baylor, Arkansas/Oklahoma State and Ole Miss/Iowa State would be very interesting to watch involving teams with a lot of similarities. The SEC never really showed up for the SEC/Big East challenges. The Big 12 might offer the SEC a better opportunity at repairing some of its basketball image.......or provide the conference with more rope to hang itself with.  Either way, it's something to look forward to.

12 comments:

RAY said...

http://oklahoma.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1486081&PT=4&PR=2

crimsontider said...

I personally can't stand the idea of the 14 team SEC having a series set up with the 10 team Big "12."

RAY said...

http://www.sbnation.com/2013/4/26/4268556/bears-flying-men-dunking-in-memphis-clippers-grizzlies



hey, it's not juggling tupperware on a unicycle but...................

RAY said...

this from alex scarborough via twitter:

Alex Scarborough ‏@AlexS_ESPN18m

Grant said it’s been “pretty hectic” since the season ended with recruiting. The process of replacing Hipsher is “put on hold.”



hummfph.

RAY said...

more from alex:

Alex Scarborough ‏@AlexS_ESPN3m

Anthony Grant says the team will compete in the pre-season NIT which will include Rutgers, Arizona and Duke.



expect an early exit from this one.

RAY said...

Alex Scarborough ‏@AlexS_ESPN13m

Anthony Grant: "Are we where I want to be? No, but I also understand where we were four years ago.”



wait, is anthony............lobbying??

crimsontider said...

Man, if only he lobbied this hard to the media before he was on the hot seat.....

crimsontider said...

Yes, but it will still help our RPI, which is what we need. The NCAAT selection process is incredibly flawed, not necessarily who you beat, or how many games you win, its how good your computer numbers look.

crimsontider said...

Why not hire somebody to stop these players from transferring? Why put that "on hold?"

crimsontider said...

"Where we were 4 years ago." Got to love him still blaming Mark Gottfried.....

crimsontider said...

"Building process" Geez... this is ridiculous.

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