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Date Posted: 01:07:04 02/21/17 Tue
Okay, I just had an inspiration which will revolutionize all conference tournaments, not just ours. It simultaneously serves to mitigate the home court advantage for less deserving teams *AND* dramatically increases the value of the regular season. And I do mean "dramatically."
Are you ready for my game-changer? Put this in your pipe and smoke it.
(a) All teams are seeded according to the results of the regular season and agreed upon tie breaker rules.
(b) Once the regular season has concluded, the #1 seed gets to *CHOOSE* its first round opponent from *ALL* the qualifying tournament teams. Then the #2 seed selects its first round opponent from the remaining teams (assuming that the #1 seed did not select the #2 seed for its first game). Then the other teams select in order as well, whether the first round is the quarterfinal round, the semifinals or some more complicated bye bracket (in which case the highest team which doesn't earn a bye chooses first).
(c ) For the second round, the highest remaining seed once again gets to *CHOOSE* its second round opponent. Then the second highest remaining seed chooses.
This system gives a big big advantage to the #1 seed as they always get to play against the *SPECIFIC* team which they think presents the best match-ups, maximizing their chance to move on. It might be the worst regular season finisher, but maybe not. The #1 seed always gets to avoid the team it most wants to avoid until the final, giving the #1 seed the most chances for that opponent to lose. Similarly, the #2 seed gets a very substantial advantage as well.
In a situation like a potential red-hot Penn hosting at The Palestra, #1 seed Princeton or Harvard could simply choose to play Yale in the first round, delaying their exposure Penn's home court advantage for at least one round.
And to the extent that at least part of the objective in holding a tournament is to generate fan interest, media discussion and general buzz, what could be better than kicking off weeks of speculation and analysis: Whom should Princeton or Harvard select as their first round opponent? Would you rather play a higher-finishing Yale than Penn? Which match-ups do you prefer?
Think of the media event this would create: On the Monday morning after the regular season, the coaches who want to travel to New York City do that and the other ones call in via teleconference. With all the reporters in attendance, Robin Harris asks, say, Mitch Henderson, "Who do you select?"
This works even better for a bigger conference like the ACC, with 15 teams. How awesome would this media event be as first Roy Williams, then Rick Pitino, then Mike Krzyzewski make their selections? That is live television **GOLD**!!
Imagine the tweet storm and the howls of laughter when Roy Williams walks over on the stage to Kevin Stallings and sheepishly announces, "I pick Pitt. . ." The television selection show would be the most eagerly awaited event of the season, surpassing everything except the championship game itself. And you get to do it again every round except the final!
I have revolutionized conference tournaments. You're welcome.
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