Thursday, May 28, 2015

SEC Announces "Permanent" Basketball Opponents

The SEC is currently holding its annual meetings in Destin, FL. Today the conference announced the new scheduling format for basketball. This model will begin in 2015-16 and continue indefinitely. The new model will feature three "permanent" opponents that teams will play home-and-home each season, two rotating home-and-home opponents, with the remainder of the teams playing each other once per season. The total number of conference games will remain 18. The conference also announced the full schedule will be released in August.

Alabama's three permanent opponents will be Auburn, Mississippi State and LSU. In years past, this would be a disappointment from a schedule strength standpoint. However, all three teams appear to be trending upward with the hires of Ben Howland at Mississippi State, Bruce Pearl at Auburn, and the recent resurgence of LSU under Johnny Jones. From a recruiting standpoint, the games with both Auburn and Mississippi State will be incredibly important as all three programs recruit the same region and offer many of the same recruits.

One criticism: Arkansas and Kentucky both have proud basketball traditions with the two most sympathetic basketball fanbases in the football-centric conference. Those two programs should play each other twice each season. A missed opportunity, in my opinion.

Here are the permanent opponents for the other conference teams:

Arkansas - Missouri, Texas A&M, LSU
Auburn - Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia
Florida - Kentucky, Georgia, Vanderbilt
Georgia - South Carolina, Florida, Auburn
Kentucky - Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
LSU - Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas
Ole Miss - Mississippi State, Auburn, Missouri
Mississippi State - Ole Miss, Alabama, South Carolina
Missouri - Arkansas, Texas A&M, Ole Miss
South Carolina - Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi State
Tennessee - Vanderbilt, Kentucky, South Carolina
Texas A&M - LSU, Arkansas, Missouri
Vanderbilt - Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida



11 comments:

Drifter said...

Was this necessary?

Msmilie said...

Was what necessary?

Drifter said...

Permanent Opponents

Msmilie said...

Fans like rivalries. Auburn and Mississippi State are obvious choices. LSU and Alabama had some intense games during the Wimp/Dale Brown eras. I don't have a problem with it. I think rivalries are good for the sport and the fans.

Drifter said...

Rivalries only interest the underdog.

Msmilie said...

Wow, Drifter. How deep..........

Drifter said...

:) Did it matter to Alabama that we didn't play the cow college in football for 41 years? Nope.

Tide Bballfan 1981 said...

Does anyone know anything about late recruiting for this year and who the third assistant may be?

Msmilie said...

To my knowledge, two players have recently made official visits. Dikembe Dixson - a 3 star G/F - from West Virginia. The fact he made a visit led me to believe Alabama offered him, but I've seen comments around the internet that Alabama didn't offer him. Dixson has since scheduled additional visits despite it once appearing that Bama and Mississippi State were his strongest suitors. Perhaps Alabama didn't offer him after all.

The other player who visited was Kobe Eubanks. Several sites have him listed as a 4 star. 6-5 shooting guard. He certainly would fill a need for Alabama. He took a visit last week, maybe the week before. Haven't heard anything since. I don't know if the staff made an offer. I do know his brother, who plays football and is a tight end, was offered in football. Maybe that puts Alabama in the driver's seat for Kobe? It's been really quiet on the recruiting front.

As far as the third assistant, I keep hearing that it's Roy Rogers. That would be a great hire, but I'm beginning to doubt it will happen. Roy is currently an assistant for the Washington Wizards, and their season has been over for weeks. If he is the guy, no idea why it's taking this long. CAJ needs to wrap up his staff so they can turn their full attention to the 2016 recruiting class (absolutely vital for CAJ if he's a long-term answer at coach) as well as beginning preparations for next season.

Drifter said...

@CecilHurt: Scott Pospichal, noted AAU coach of the Texas Titans, will join Avery Johnson's staff at Alabama as an assistant, The News has learned.

Tide Bballfan 1981 said...

thank you very much