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Tournament

By SCOTT SHAFFER
Conference tournaments.
The Big East has one. So does the
ACC. Just about every major college
basketbaji conference has one -
except the Big Ten. But the times,
they may be a-changing. This
December Big Ten university

presidents may approve a post-season
tournament beginning in 1988-89.
The debate has grown in recent
months - should the Big Ten
follow the trend, and give in to
temptation? Or should it remain
traditional and determine the league
champion over the course of the
entire schedule?
A CONFERENCE playoff is

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tempting to coaches, who estimate
that ticket and television revenue
would mean at least $500,000 a year
for each of the ten athletic
departments.
And that's good enough reason for
Illinois coach Lou Henson. "If
revenue can be generated, I'm all for
it, because every school can use the
extra $500,000 - $750,000 that the
tournament would make," he said at a
Big Ten press conference last week.
Many of the players seem to want
it, too. "From a player's standpoint,
it would be a lot of fun playing on
national TV," said Northwestern's
Shon Morris. "And from a student's
standpoint it would be held on a
weekend, so there would be no real
difficulty as far as classes are
concerned."
So why isn't the Big Ten rushing
into anything? Some feel it would
cheapen the regular season, reducing
the purpose of two months of games
to determining the seedings for one
weekend of play.
Another major problem is the
scheduling of such an event. Since
every Big Ten team currently plays
the other nine teams twice a year, the
conference schedule is longer than the
16-game Big East schedule or the 14-
game ACC slate. The conference
schedule almost certainly would have
to be shortened by two or four games
to accommodate a tournament. That's
a price some aren't willing to pay.
INDIANA'S Bob Knight is the
most outspoken opponent of such a
move, saying his players look
forward to playing each team twice
during the season.
Knight has other gripes with the
proposed playoff. "My problem with

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it is that no one has asked the players
yet. My kids feel like they would be
exploited by having to miss classes
and play more basketball just to
make more money."
But Knight's counterpart at
Wisconsin, Steve Yoder, isn't
buying that theory. "Don't give me
that exploitation business," snapped
Yoder. "Tell me what player
wouldn't like to play in a tournament
and see his school on national
television. I believe that a Big Ten
tournament would be second only to
the Final Four (of the NCAAs) in
excitement."
Yoder's opinions seem to have
rubbed off on at least one of his
players. "Players are exploited only if
they feel they're not getting anything
in return," said Badger forward Danny
Jones. "And being able to come out
and show everyone how hard you
worked all year long, well, you can't
beat that feeling."
Some coaches feel that the added
media exposure will help their
recruiting efforts. And schools with
programs that traditionally fare
poorly in the Big Ten see the
playoffs as a way to make up for an
entire season with one magical
weekend.
COACH GARY Williams of
Ohio State sees it as a back door for
a marginal Big Ten team to sneak
into the national playoffs. "One big
win in a tournament could put a team
on the bubble into the NCAAs," he
said.
The coaches already have voted on
the matter, and according to Iowa's
coach Tom Davis, the outcome was
9-1 in favor of a tournament.
Presumably, Knight was the lone

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son of organized basketball averaged 27 points a game.
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dissenter. It also was revealed at the
Big Ten press conference that the
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tournament by a 7-3 vote.
But the final authority lies with
the Council of Ten, a group
composed of the presidentor
chancellor of each school. This
group is scheduled to meet in mid-
December and will vote on the issue
then. A simple six-vote majority is
enough for the Big Ten playoffs to
become a reality.
If the council approves the
tournament, the probable first site
would be the Indianapolis Hoosier
Dome. Other sites mentioned include
Pontiac's Silverdome, Minneapolis'
Metrodome and Chicago's Rosemont
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Mark Rudner of the Big Ten office
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