Baylor coach Scott Drew stopped just short of saying it, but he didn't need to. The Big 12 basketball coaches from Texas are tired of going to Kansas City for the Big 12 tournament. It's a tremendous advantage for Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas State and Kansas.
"When we play Kansas State (on March 8 in the Big 12 tournament) look who has more fans there," Drew said this morning on the Big 12 coaches conference call. "We would like to have it in Dallas? Absolutely. (The Sprint Center) is a great place to play, but I am saying playing close to home is an advantage. Period."
No team from Texas has ever won the Big 12 tournament.
With Missouri going to the SEC, the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Missouri is in a state that features no school from the actual state itself. It may be odd, but given the layout of KC it's not wrong. Call it an geographic anomaly. These things happen in sports - the New York Jets and the New York Giants play in New Jersey; Washington Redskins play in Maryland; East St. Louis is actually located in Illinois.
Ideally, the Big 12 tournament is spread around from Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Dallas and perhaps San Antonio. This is, however, a delicate political situation.
The recent defections of Colorado, Nebraska and Missouri to other conferences speak of the schools in the north feeling that they are second-class citizens to all-things south. Basketball is a much bigger deal up north than it is in Texas, and despite the need to grow and expand the sport in Texas there should be a priority to throw those schools a bone.
The Big 12 should give it to Dallas or OKC every three or four years, but Kansas City should be the primary home to this tournament. The attendance is higher, and it means more to that region.
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