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Despite numerous issues to teams around the country, the college basketball season has continued. The first postseason games, conference tournaments, are now fewer than two months away.
With conference tournaments quickly approaching, it’s becoming increasingly clear that there may be issues with teams battling COVID-19 outbreaks. Conferences will be bringing together teams to one location all at once making it much easier for an outbreak to spread from team to team. But fans don’t appear ready to give up on conference tournaments for a second year in a row.
According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 86 percent of fans around the country want to find a way to proceed with the tournament. Roughly half of that group, 42 percent of everyone who responded, said conferences should make adjustments to the tournament to make it safer. Like changing the format or timing of how it is played. Only 14 percent of fans said conference tournaments should be canceled entirely.
Conference tournaments typically allow teams that have struggled through the year one last chance to reach the NCAA Tournament. This year, some of those struggling teams were among the teams ranked at the top of polls to start the year.
Fans were asked which of those teams has been most disappointing so far. At only 5-10 on the season, the Kentucky Wildcats earned 46 percent of the vote. They were followed by fellow blue-blood Duke with 37 percent and Michigan State at 13 percent.
Closer to home, a full 100 percent of Arkansas fans said they were confident the team is headed in the right direction.
After two losses where Arkansas lost by double digits to conference opponents Alabama and LSU things are looking like they are back on track. Arkansas has won three in a row against Vanderbilt, Auburn and Ole Miss to get above .500 for the season.
Currently, the Razorbacks sit at 13-4 (5-4) with a road trip at Stillwater to face Oklahoma State on Saturday it could give Arkansas its first signature victory in the Eric Musselman era.
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