So here we are at the SEC Tournament in Tampa and already it seems
like a bad idea. Not only are ticket sales weak — schools began
discounting tickets last week — but there are few members of the media
in attendance. Charles Bloom, the SEC spokesman, said they’re down 15
percent in credentialed media from last year.
The bottom line is that it’s easy to get to Atlanta from anywhere in
the conference and not so easy to get to Tampa. And with our industry
struggling, fewer newspapers are going to spend money to cover a
conference tournament with a bunch of average teams.
But we’re here and will bring you blogs aplenty. First up is Ole Miss in the interview room.
Stat you should know: Ole Miss isn’t the biggest team in the conference but the Rebels are second in the league in rebounding at 39.6 a game trailing only LSU. The rebels are third in rebounding margin.
Quote of the day: “This is lose and go home. But anybody can win this tournament, from Arkansas to LSU.” — Mississippi guard Terrico White
Andy Kennedy’s mindset: The Ole Miss coach knows that his team has lost three of its last four games and is worried about the bone bruise that has limited ex-Gator David Huertas in practice. “We’ll have to trust him,” Kennedy said. “He’ll tell me whether or not he can play.” Huertas says he will play. “I have to,” he said. Without him, the Rebels will be one-and-done.