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Rick Barnes Calls For A Change With SEC Tournament

Rick Barnes coaching Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - MARCH 16: Rick Barnes the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers gives instructions to his team during the 82-78 win over the Kentucky Wildcats during the semifinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The SEC holds its conference tournament on Sunday, the same day the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is unveiled. Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes would like to see that changed.

Barnes would like the SEC Tournament to be played on Saturdays from now on. Why? If a team makes it to the conference tournament, there's one less day to prepare for the Big Dance.

The Volunteers beat Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament final on Sunday and had to travel home that night.

“Our guys I think have learned how to adapt to that quickly,” Barnes said of the postseason schedule, via On3. “But we’ll get busy with it (Tuesday) again. I wish our (SEC) Tournament would end on Saturday. I mean you think about it, we end on Sunday late, get back here. We were flying through the selection show, then we turn around and we get put in an early afternoon game. But that’s the way it is.

“And that’s why I wish as a league, we’d look at moving our tournament to Saturday, which will be hard to do because it’s been brought up so many times. But I think everybody in our league – I know the coaches certainly would like it to be that way.”

Most college basketball conference tournaments are played on Saturdays. Those teams then get a full day of rest before discovering their tourney fate on Sunday afternoon.

The SEC should strongly consider making a change, as Rick Barnes suggests.