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 Post subject: Weekend Predictions
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:13 pm 

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The seeding and location cards are being overplayed, IMO. When teams used to travel to far flung places people griped about the trip times and the idea of going across the country to play a school one hour away. I think the fans are happier being able to reach the games. Besides, the next time it might be your favorite team that gets the "favorable" locations.

As far as griping about a seed, teams have to win against tough opponents eventually. If you want your team to be rated higher there must be another team that is then moved down, and often people ignore that fact.

Bottom line: Just win.


Name recognition, press favorites, and placing nearby schools in preferred cities does play into the equation. There are schools and conferences given certain advantages, and winning is not always a lone factor.

Is the NCAA still boycotting the State of South Carolina because the Conferderate battle flag (which was removed from atop the state house) is placed at the memorial for the Confederate veterans who lost their lives? Guess the citizens of Charlotte so much enlightened over those in Columbia? More hotel rooms and a larger airport in Charlotte I reckon, and a splendid NEUTRAL site for UNC and Duke.


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 Post subject: Weekend Predictions
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:37 pm 
I was actually going to recommend that the NCAA Tournament return to having first-second round play hosted by the higher seeds (i.e. not "Butler" hosting games at the RCA Dome) but then I remembered the NCAA edict(s) against South Carolina (and possibly Mississippi, Nevada, and Oregon) and scratched the idea...


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 Post subject: Weekend Predictions
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:35 pm 
Obviously certain schools are going to get advantages,and I do think it's outrageous to have a team play within a couple hours of it's home court, especially if it's within the same state. But keep in mind that initial ticket outlays for tourney games are allotted equally among institutions. Plus, the games have to be played somewhere, preferably where they'll accomodate fans and draw crowds. The NCAA would rather sell an extra 10k tickets to UNC fans then not sell 10k tickets total in, say, Boise. It's imperfect but it's the system that brings the NCAA the most $, which in turn is sent back to its member institutions. :-/


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 Post subject: Weekend Predictions
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 5:32 pm 
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There's another thing, though.

Boise sells out on the first day of sale, long before the season even starts.

Albuquerque is pretty close to the same thing. Heck, they sold out the Saturday WOMEN'S session last year. Still the closest I've ever come to sheer pain in my ears.

These out-of-the-NBA western cities sell their seats. I noticed Indy had seats available... yes, yes, I know all about the apples and oranges of comparing 12,400-seat Taco Bell to the RCA Dome.


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 Post subject: Weekend Predictions
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 8:49 am 
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My bad, there, Pounder, and no offense meant. Boise was the first place that came to mind as a more obscure locale compared to sites with domes or pro arenas.

Personally I'm all for using a lot of out of the way places, and obviously Boise, Albuquerqe and others are doing well because the NCAA keeps coming back. And it certainly does a service to these young minds to explore places they might otherwise never see.

I think the pod system is working out because of how well the ticket sales are doing. Yes, you get the occasional "home court advantage," but I don't think the severity of the conditions warrants wholesale change. There should be oversight to prevent problems like last year where a higher seeded Pitt team had to play a "road game" against (Wisconsin?) in the second or third round. Don't punish teams for there success, per se.


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 Post subject: Weekend Predictions
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:19 am 
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In an alternate bracket, Arizona v Oklahoma State could easily be the national championship game.

Thing is, whatever Arizona can't do outside, they can make up for inside, and vice versa. Oklahoma State might be a quicker version of Arizona, but I'm not sure they're more skilled. Only North Carolina has a true chance of matching up against any of that.

Well, Villanova and Washington have a shooter's chance against anyone. Illinois is probably the most skilled, but I have a problem believing that they can match up with most of these teams once they dispatch W-M.


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 Post subject: Weekend Predictions
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:31 am 
St. Joseph vs South Carolina in the NIT final. For once, just once, allow the Gamethingys to win a title (this is not the NCAA tourney championship, but a title) in something.


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 Post subject: Weekend Predictions
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:38 am 
Wake Forest over Vanderbilt.


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