Monday, July 12, 2010

NCAA Expansion Format Revealed

With the addition of 4 teams to the NCAA Basketball Tournament, many wondered how the format would be set up. Here is an article from explaining just that:

Essentially the bottom 4 "At-large" teams and the bottom 4 conference champions will play each other in an opening round games. I like this idea because by adding 4 teams they are adding 4 "at large" teams and those teams should not be rewarded. Also they are not further penalizing the bottom 4 conference champions who were already playing in the 2 opening round games. However I do expect the at large teams to generally beat the conference champion teams and therefore it will often result in those teams not making it to the regular part of the Tourney. What does everything think? All I know is its so much better than a 96 team field. God, I hope that never happens.


VandyGold28 said...

maybe i'm reading the article wrong but it sounds like some of these "bottom" conference winners will be playing a better "at large" team for a 10 - 12 seed. doesn't that mean that teams that are better than the "bottom" conference winners are going to get lower seeds like 13, 14, and 15? at least they're in, but i'm not convinced. i'd rather be a bottom conference winner playing ole miss for a chance to play a nevada than a little bit better conference winner and play duke straight off.

Anonymous said...

It says over on the right to vote against teen suicide. Is there a place to vote for it?

What if find today's teens to be stupid and annoying? That rap music they listen to, the constant texting, the geographical illiteracy, etc.

Please provide a place to vote in favor of it. Thank you in advance.

Anonymous said...

VG: That isn't how it'll work. In the article, it says "The bracket on Selection Sunday will have both teams listed for the same seed line."

In other words, the four worst conference champions (hello SWAC! and how have you not been demoted to D-II) will play each other for two of the 16 seeds. The four lowest at-large teams will play each other for a couple of 11-13 seeds.

Otherwise, you might have something like a 19-13 Seton Hall getting pegged as a 16 seed one year. That's completely unfair to the 1 seeds.

Douglas James said...

I guess I also read the story incorrectly. Hahaha. Well I don't like this as much but I guess it is more fair to the #1 seeds.

Seems way more confusing that necessary just to add a couple games which people won't care about as much. I don't see the need to mess w/ perfection but then again it could have been much worse.

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VandyGold28 said...

ummm, can someone delete the anonymous comment that says we should vote for teenage suicide? that's awful.

Anonymous said...

Bobby Johnson reportedly is stepping down! Have you guys heard anything?