More people are finding their way into the gym for the game and there are about 300-400 UK fans and about 15 Georgia fans. I went outside for a minute and saw 200 or so UK fans milling about outside the front door….not sure what they will do about those people when the game starts.
Talked for a minute with Richie Farmer who said that in all his years in basketball, he hadnt seen anything quite like this. He also said that the people who think this will have no impact on the players are incorrect. The players are not used to three games with the intensity they must have in a post-season game. Also said that he thought Georgia might have an advantage because they are used to playing before small crowds like this.
Ramel Bradley looked at Joe Crawford during the layup line and said, “Dont matter what we have to do….We gonna get it done.”
UPDATE: The evolution of this proceeding apparently went like this. The SEC had made the tentative decision to simply get to the Semi-Finals, play those games and declare a co-champion. However the NCAA put the stop to that, saying that if a co-Champ was named, then the SEC would lose its automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. That put the SEC in the spot of having to play the games. The SEC went to the two coaches most effected by the decision, Dennis Felton and Billy Gillispie, and both agreed to playing two games in one day. The decision was then made to proceed in this way.
So here we are…..gymnasium with only a few folks in it, watching an SEC Tournament Quarterfinal….truly amazing
Trivia Tidbit: The SEC Tournament has 7 times been played with two games in one day according to Tom Leach, who told me that from 1946-1952, the Tournament was played wiht two games on one day…..Kentucky won 6 of 7 of those tournaments