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Subject: Re: Fairness dictates that if you play a team twice and win both games, you're the best team


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Diogenes (Eastern Sports Fan)
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Date Posted: 14:59:01 06/23/17 Fri
In reply to: Eastern Sports Fan 's message, "Re: Fairness dictates that if you play a team twice and win both games, you're the best team" on 10:15:11 06/23/17 Fri

Agree with you. The old format added meaning to each regular season game. New format depreciates the regular season.

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Date Posted: 19:20:32 06/23/17 Fri

The old format wasn't necessarily the best way to determine "the best team" either. A double round-robin of 14 games isn't exactly the same sample size as an 82-game NBA or 162-game MLB season.

We have all seen instances across all sports when the best team doesn't win a single game. In a relatively short season, that will happen at a higher percentage of the time than over the long haul.

That's why tournament play is appropriate for college basketball. The relatively short schedules and the number of teams demands that the "regular season" not determine a true champion.

In the absence of a statistically valid method of proving out the "best" team, both tournaments and "round-robin" formats can provide a valid champion.

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