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Pac-12 Already Reaping Benefits Of Moving Conference Tournament To Las Vegas
Published March 13, 2013
CAROLINA IN MY MIND: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he would "like to see" the ACC Tournament "always be in Greensboro." He said, "They put their arms around all the teams. ... They set up an atmosphere there that’s Final Four-ish." In Greensboro, David Morrison notes the tournament is "coming to the Greensboro Coliseum for the 24th time in its 60-year history this week and will be played in Greensboro the next two years as well." But with Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Louisville "soon to join the league, the thought of moving the tournament’s base has gained support." Greensboro is one of the "five sites being considered for the 2016-2021 round of ACC tournaments," along with Charlotte, Tampa, DC and a bid from Atlanta that involves Philips Arena (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 3/13).
BIG LEAST? The final edition of the Big East Tournament got underway at MSG yesterday, and in N.Y., Zach Schonbrun writes with the conference’s "bottom four seeds in action ... the Garden initially lacked the energy and intensity from the fans and players that became its staple over 34 years." Those moments will "undoubtedly come, as the weeklong celebration of the final Big East tournament ... unfolds" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/13).
SHOW ME MISSOURI: In K.C., Blair Kerkhoff writes a Sprint Center sellout is "expected for the Big 12, but a year ago the sellout sign went up a week before the tournament." As of last night, tickets were "still available for this year’s games despite several reasons for high fan interest in the region." The "biggest change" to this year's tournament is the lineup, as Missouri is "absent" after moving to the SEC. No Missouri means "one less school that would have snapped up its conference allotment of 1,100 tickets" (K.C. STAR, 3/13).