USC Trojans, VCU Rams face off for 11th-seed in 2011 NCAA Tournament

Mar 14, 2011 | Posted by: nleitere | Full story: www.examiner.com

The USC Trojans men's basketball team will have an opportunity to take part in the upcoming March Madness foray if they can beat the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in a play-in for the 11th -seed in the Southeast Region.

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DrHu

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Mar 14, 2011
 
How does this make sense? There are 4 automatic-bid teams playing in the extra games for a 16th seed. Then there are 4 at-large teams playing in the extra games for an 11th or 12th seed. Meanwhile you have over a dozen automatic-bid teams seeded between 13 and 16 that don't have to play an extra game? Why didn't they push another 4 of the 15th and 16th seeded automatic bids into the extra games to make room for the 4 at-large teams currently playing for an 11th and 12th seed?

Since: Mar 09

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Mar 15, 2011
 
Yeah, I'm not sure what the logic was for the format. I've had a tough time finding a concrete answer. Plus you have one of the regions not even having a "play-in" game. Doesn't make much sense other than four more games for the NCAA to make money off of.
Mike

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Mar 16, 2011
 
But why punish an eleven seed rather than a 15 or 16?
John

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Mar 16, 2011
 
And a lot of the brackets don't have to be turned in untill Thursday before 12:00pm,not much meaning to the play in games!However,I will say Clemson could surprise.

Since: Mar 09

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Mar 18, 2011
 
If anything, they should let the top teams in the NIT do a play-in to the NCAA Tournament. Seems like the current setup kind of devalues lower-seeded teams and the whole process in general.

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