At 19-8 and in third place in the SEC, Will Wade and the LSU Tigers probably need only one more win to hear their names called on Selection Sunday. But their SEC basketball schedule as its currently assembled is going to make that task easier said than done.
Wade had a strong criticism for the conference heading into the current week of games. Speaking to the media, he made it clear that he was not happy about LSU’s schedule this week.
The Tigers play at Florida on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, and then quickly have to head home for a Saturday morning game against Texas A&M at 11 a.m. ET. Wade noted that Auburn was the only other SEC team that had a schedule like that – and both of their games were at home.
LSU, meanwhile, has done so twice now. Wade said that cramming games so close together like they will this isn’t good for student-athlete welfare.
Via Saturday Down South:
“The only other team that’s had this in the league is Auburn and they played 2 home games,” Wade said. “We’ve had 3 out of 4 road games with this same setup and it cuts our guys’ preparation time down. We talk about student-athlete welfare and all that — this is not student-athlete welfare.
“…we’re the only team in the league that has to do this and we’ve had to do it twice now. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. It’s supposed to be balanced, the schedule’s supposed to be balanced and that’s not right. It’s not right for our players, either.”
Will Wade is not happy that LSU has to play another 8 p.m. Wednesday (9 EST) road game followed by an 11 a.m. Saturday game.
"We talk about student-athlete welfare and all that. This is not student-athlete welfare." pic.twitter.com/ncn8NhkxiH
— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) February 24, 2020
Doing that this week would be a hard-enough task even if Florida and Texas A&M weren’t two of the top seven teams in the SEC.
Is Wade right to protest the schedule setup?