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Virginia head coach Brian O'Connor (Photo by Shotgun Spratling)


Early-season tournaments provide regional dry run

SEC Extra

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — When you talk to head coaches about why they bring their teams to early-season non-conference tournaments, there are common answers you expect to hear. 

The coaches who flock to Globe Life Field in Arlington always make it clear that playing under a roof, and therefore eliminating the risk of weather delays and frigid temperatures, is a major draw. Similarly, with tournaments almost exclusively happening in the South and on the West Coast, weather is a draw for all of the events at this time of year. 

Tournaments also provide chances to hit the road without having to[…]