There were plenty of seats available for the SEC Tournament game between LSU and Mississippi State.
On Thursday night, the Tigers and Bulldogs faced off in a second-round game at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It followed two dramatic games earlier in the day, with Alabama beating Texas A&M on a last-second shot by Collin Sexton and Georgia edging Missouri in Michael Porter Jr.’s return.
Not every SEC Tournament game will be a high-demand event, but the crowd shown in the photo below shortly before the LSU-Mississippi State game isn’t pretty.
Check out the sight, courtesy of The Advocate’s Sheldon Mickles:
— Sheldon Mickles (@MicklesAdvocate) March 8, 2018
The development was notable to some on Twitter:
— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_SEC) March 8, 2018
It'll fill in as the Kentucky fans finish dinner. https://t.co/G0cJve0Nmh
— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) March 9, 2018
You can understand this scene. Neither LSU nor Mississippi State are particularly close to St. Louis, and those respective schools’ basketball fan bases aren’t known as huge traveling groups.
Expect the crowd in St. Louis to look better when Kentucky starts SEC Tournament play Friday against Georgia. Still, if you’re in the St. Louis area and looking for something to do Thursday night, it looks like you can find a spot at Scottrade Center without much trouble.