Should SEC fans be wary of a conspiracy theory by the NCAA Tournament selection committee?
Conference basketball teams will be racking up some frequent flier miles during the NCAA Tournament as it seems the committee made sure to put most of them in the farthest possible locations available.
Led by Auburn, which will travel a whopping 2,059 miles — one way! — to San Diego for its first-round game against College of Charleston on Friday, the eight SEC teams in the tourney will fly a staggering 9,020 miles to their respective locations.
Kentucky, which pulled out the SEC Tournament title against Tennessee on Sunday, will travel 1,951 miles from Lexington to Boise, Idaho, while Texas A&M will play Providence in Charlotte, N.C. — 1,068 miles from College Station.
All these are ridiculous. No common sense whatsoever. pic.twitter.com/XDbtEU1mWp
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) March 12, 2018
That is a lot of miles to put on already worn-down bodies of the student-athletes, who have gone through a full regular season and conference tournament. It also makes little sense when compared to some other schools. Michigan State, which like Tennessee earned a No. 3 seed, will only have to travel to nearby Detroit for the first two rounds, while the No. 3-seeded Volunteers go to Dallas, 843 miles from Knoxville.
Missouri, which earned a No. 8 seed in the South Region, lucked out and will have to travel only 432 miles to Nashville, Tenn.