Big 12 basketball Q&A: Associate Commissioner John Underwood

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer Published: March 13, 2014
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This is the second year without Missouri. How has that adjustment gone?

“We’ve got 10 really quality teams. One of the things that’s been really fascinating for me, last year, I was concerned about the first day in attendance. We had 10,000 people last year. We had 11,000 here last night. There are a lot of people that come to the tournament that are basketball fans, maybe not just come for that particular game when their team’s not playing, but they want to be in the arena to watch basketball. I didn’t answer your question.”

How have you navigated the political problem of playing this tournament in a state that does not have a Big 12 school?

“That’s been something we’ve discussed. But it hasn’t been a major issue. Kansas City does a terrific job of hosting this tournament, they’ve got a great history, their local organizing committee does a terrific job. The Sprint Center, I tell you, it’s been interesting to talk to Tubby (Smith) and to Bob Huggins, who have come from different leagues, to get their perspective of our tournament and how it’s presented. The locker rooms. We’ve got ample locker rooms. Not a small locker room. Everybody is treated really, really good.”