Slive said SEC basketball teams need to schedule tougher, which will help solve the problem of few league members making the NCAA tournament. Only three out of 14 made it this year.
But, honestly, league teams don’t necessarily need to schedule better opponents. Instead, they just need to beat the teams they are scheduling.
Alabama lost at home to Mercer, Dayton and Tulane. Three wins, and the Tide would’ve made the tournament.
Tennessee scheduled well, facing Georgetown, Memphis, Oklahoma State and Virginia before conference play. The Vols lost to them all. Even one win in that bunch would’ve put UT into the tournament.
Kentucky lost to Baylor, the eventual NIT champion. A win would’ve put the Wildcats into the NCAAs. Also, they lost consecutive games near the end of the year to conference bottom dwellers Arkansas and Georgia. A pair of wins, and that Baylor loss wouldn’t have mattered.
That would’ve made six NCAA bids, which would be reasonable for the SEC.
So, instead of submitting schedules, maybe SEC coaches should send Slive their game plans.
Contact Sports Editor Mark Edwards at email@example.com. Read "In My Opinion" in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.