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Sweet 16 in December: Yay or Nay?

Sweet 16 in December?  

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  1. 1. Sweet 16 in December?

    • Yes, I like it.
    • No, I hate it.
    • I have a better plan.

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It is becoming very clear that no sports are going to be played for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We're left without a state tournament in boys and girls basketball and no spring championships of any kind. There have been suggestions floated on social media for allowing seniors to return for a fifth year (I think Florida has even tentatively agreed to it). The KHSAA doesn't seem in favor of this and neither do most. But what about this idea...


Sweet 16 in December


-Tournament consists of the 16 boys teams that qualified and 11 remaining girls teams from the 2020 state tournament

-Games are played in December 2020 following the football state championship weekend

-Members of 2020-21 teams participate (no returning seniors from previous year)


-Remainder of Girls First Round played Monday, December 7

-Girls first round redrawn with remaining six teams: Region 1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 4, 10 vs. 16. Games played at one of the schools.


-Boys First Round played Tuesday, December 8

-Boys Bracket is redrawn with Region 1 playing Region 2, Region 3 playing Region 4, and so on. Games played at one of the schools.


-Girls Second Round played Wednesday, December 9

-Girls second round modified. Region 1/2 winner at 3/4 winner; Bullitt East vs. Anderson County; Ryle vs. 10/16 winner; Casey County vs. South Laurel


-Boys Second Round played Thursday, December 10

-First round winners advance to second round. Region 1/2 winner at 3/4 winner, etc.


-Final Four held in Lexington area (maybe Frederick Douglass or Clark County?)

-Girls semifinals on Friday night

-Boys semifinals on Saturday afternoon

-Girls championship Saturday night

-Boys championship Sunday afternoon


Winner is considered the 2020 state champion. Games serve dual role - 2020 state tournament games but also 2021 regular season games. First and second round losers are permitted to play 31 games during regular season, semifinalists and finalists can play 32 games (if they choose).


2020-21 regular season plays out as normal with boys and girls state tournaments held in March 2021.



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Personally I don’t like the idea. It just wouldn’t feel right without the seniors from this year out there. I just feel like it would feel weird for everyone involved. So they would play 1 state championship and then play another 3 months later? Just doesn’t seem right. As much as it sucks, I think we all just need to consider the 2019-2020 season a wash and move on. There will always be the what-ifs for the teams that had a legit chance to win a State title, but there’s no good situation to rectify that. Allowing seniors to come back for a 5th year seems crazy. For the best players their college coach isn’t going to allow them to play in the tournament and risk injury and even regular college students aren’t going to head to Lexington in December during finals to play the tournament and it may not even be possible if a student went to school out of state. Unfortunately, we’ll never have a resolution for the 2019-2020 season.

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If it can’t be played by June 1 then it’s not going to happen. Kids will be moving on.


True. But what the original post said was that any student still in school during the 2020-21 school year would represent their team. And I agree, it isn't going to happen.

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By the way, this idea is a slight modification of something I heard Bob Huggins talking about last month.


Huggins Explains Idea of Starting Next Season with NCAA Tournament


Huggins stated the 2020 NCAA tournament should have been rescheduled for September. I think Huggins knew it was unrealistic to play the NCAA in the fall, just as I knew it was unrealistic to play the Sweet 16 in December.


It was, however, interesting to see how many people were immediately against the idea. I do appreciate the discussion!

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I've got possibly a worse idea. Male has beaten Fern Creek and Cov. Cath. and it's safe to say they were #1 or #2 in most polls. Ashland was undefeated and also could make a claim for #1 or #2. Get those two teams together on an outside court and the kids can play it out. Have some media or family watch from their cars. Some say it was fake news but the legend would grow forever about the 2020 state title game played out on the playgrounds.


side note; sorry to the other 14 teams.

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They should let any student who would otherwise graduate, to repeat this school year without regard to age rules, if they so desire.


The reason for it is as much academic as athletic, but I am a proponent of letting this be a redshirt season for whoever wants it.


If you want to move on, move on. If you want to come back, come back.

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