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SEC coaches vote to end basketball divisions

Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:03 pm
 
Posted by Matt Jones


In a move that has been discussed within the league for some time, the SEC basketball coaches voted unanimously to end the current division format and return to the conference to its pre-expansion roots in one basketball division. Under the recommendation, the current East/West basketball divisions would be scrapped to allow for one 12 team league, with a yet to be determined scheduling format. The conference tournament would also be changed, with the top four teams from the regular season receiving byes, replacing the division bye system currently used.

The coaches determined a change was needed after this past season, when five SEC teams from its Eastern division made the NCAA tournament, while the Western division champion, Alabama, was not given a bid. The current set-up required each team in that Eastern division to play the other teams in the division twice. The result was a double-edged sword. The teams from the East ended up with more losses due to the harder schedule, but the Eastern division teams' RPIs were improved in the process. In the West however, a possible tournament team like Alabama finished with a gaudy regular season mark, but found itself left out of the NCAA tournament due to the weak set of Western division teams that it was forced to play two times each during the regular season.

If the change is approved, the conference will use the current East/West scheduling format for next season, but then change for the 2012-2013 campaign. The league will evaluate a number of options, but will likely seek a 16 or 18 game schedule in which more equity is used in determining which teams will be scheduled to play each other twice during the season.

 
Category: NCAAB
Tags: SEC
 
Comments

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:48 pm
 

SEC coaches vote to end basketball divisions

Doesn't the ACC have the Coastal and the Atlantic divisions?

No.  That's football only



cool, thanks for the clarification.




Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:22 pm
 

SEC coaches vote to end basketball divisions

The ACC uses divisions for football only.




Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:03 pm
 

SEC coaches vote to end basketball divisions

Doesn't the ACC have the Coastal and the Atlantic divisions?

No.  That's football only.



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:01 am
 

SEC coaches vote to end basketball divisions

The change is about NOTHING money!   



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:29 am
 

SEC coaches vote to end basketball divisions

I, for one, hope the SEC only plays each other SEC team once.  That will allow for a more open the schedue and let those minor conferences (Big Ten, PAC 10) have a chance to improve their strength of schedule.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:18 am
 

SEC coaches vote to end basketball divisions

Finally!  Let's hope the SEC will implement a 22 game balanced schedule.  Good for the fans AND TV.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:11 am
 

SEC coaches vote to end basketball divisions

Finally!  A great move.  The SEC does need to play a 22 game balanced schedule, however.  Let's hope they do.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:33 am
 

SEC coaches vote to end basketball divisions

Almost no conference uses divisions for basketball.  There are still a few smaller conferences that use them, but none of the biggest conferences do.  I hope that eventually all conferences will do away with the divisions in basketball.


Doesn't the ACC have the Coastal and the Atlantic divisions?



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:05 am
 

SEC coaches vote to end basketball divisions

Just play a 22 game regular season schedule.  It's not like you need the extra 6 warmup games against Northwest Southeast Missouri State Teacher's College.



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:38 am
 

SEC coaches vote to end basketball divisions

A set up like the Big East, that is how college basketball should be played.  The Conference schedules work for football, but it is just not practical in basketball.  The season is long, let everyone play each-other and see who is at the top . . . it is really pretty simple 


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