Fans who complained about St. Louis being a bad spot to host the SEC Tournament may reconsider after they see how far their favorite teams have to travel for their first-round NCAA tourney games.
Three teams have to travel more than 1,000 miles, with seven of the eight teams going more than 800 miles for their first-round matchups.
As you can see in the graphic below, Mizzou’s 432-mile trip to Nashville is by far the shortest trip facing an SEC squad this week:
All these are ridiculous. No common sense whatsoever. pic.twitter.com/XDbtEU1mWp
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) March 12, 2018
Auburn’s 2,059-mile journey to San Diego is the farthest, with Kentucky’s trip to Boise coming in second at 1,951 miles.
All that travel, combined with some tough opening weekend matchups, will make it hard for SEC teams to advance to the Sweet 16. However, the best teams win in March, so there’s no reason to make excuses at this point in the season.