Sounds like the folks in San Jose aren’t as happy about their regional draw as we here in Oklahoma City are.
We got Kansas and Kansas State, which will mean a relocation of the Sunflower State to the Ford Center Thursday.
During his Monday teleconference, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee chair Dan Guerrero had to answer for why the committee sent San Jose such a lousy lot: New Mexico, Vanderbilt, Butler and Marquette are four highest seeds there, and only New Mexico isn’t traveling halfway across the country. The Washington Huskies could swoop in to buy tickets and save the day, but still.
Here’s the question and Guerrero’s answer.
Q. In terms of just the San Jose teams, the teams you put in there, there’s eight teams there that aren’t a great draw for the Bay Area for a number of factors. Is that something that you analyze and discuss, whether you’re going to be able to get crowds into that arena to see those eight teams?
DAN GUERRERO: ” You know, most of the sites have their tickets sold well in advance. But if you think of the teams that are in any given region, and you’re talking about San Jose in particular, you’re talking about Marquette, Washington, a West Coast school, New Mexico, a West Coast school, Montana, a West Coast school, those are all teams that I think whose crowds will follow. You have Butler, UTEP, Vanderbilt, Murray State. Those are some great teams. College basketball fans in Northern California and on the West Coast should flock to go see those games because it’s a great opportunity. I know San Jose has done a great job in getting ready for this tournament. They’re excited about what they’re going to be able to do to create a great experience for the people to go there. You know what, a national championship could be won by one of those teams that’s at that particular site. So I think fans should go out there and support the City of San Jose.”
Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Jacksonville and San Jose were the four regionals that still had all-session passes for sale on Monday morning. OKC got lucky to have two powerhouses from a border state. San Jose didn’t: The Pac 10 picked a bad year to stink.