College basketball lags behind college football in our state as far as fan interest. That’s just a fact, and it’s not really even close.
That’s not a shot at the college basketball teams in the state, but college football will always be No. 1. It always has been and always will be. This isn’t the Tar Heel State, after all.
But there is something that could help with the interest in the state for the college basketball teams: a round-robin schedule amongst all the Division I teams with a trophy for the one that comes out on top with the best record.
Georgia and Georgia Tech already play each other every year. And Mercer has played both of those teams in recent years, beating Georgia Tech this season. What about Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kennesaw State and Savannah State?
There is no reason all those teams shouldn’t play each other every season. Mercer and Kennesaw State play twice each season, actually, as members of the A-Sun, but the Bears should be playing Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Savannah State, as well.
Those games would be big for the fan bases of all the teams, allowing fans around the state to get to see the teams from all over the state in what could be a unique competition. Every team likes winning a trophy, one that would mean something to the basketball teams, coaches, players and fans in our state.
And it wouldn’t be that hard to make happen.
All of the teams are looking for games each year early in their seasons. Why not play games against other teams from the state and cut down on travel instead of heading out of state or across the country to try to find games.
All of those games could be played in November and December when these teams have openings on their schedules before they get into their conference play. It would allow them to get in some interesting contests, adding plenty of excitement to the college basketball season early in the campaign.
That’s exactly what the game needs in our state.
Contact Daniel Shirley at 744-4227 or firstname.lastname@example.org