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    With the advent of the Nacho and B1G next year (Making 7 AQs) does the NCAA expand the regional brackets to 4 games with the 4-5 seeds playing the day before the regional semifinals?

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    Re: NCAA Bracket Expantion

    Quote Originally Posted by GopherBigGuy911 View Post
    With the advent of the Nacho and B1G next year (Making 7 AQs) does the NCAA expand the regional brackets to 4 games with the 4-5 seeds playing the day before the regional semifinals?

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    No. Hockey already has more teams in the tourney than we should.

    It's also only 6 AQ's...HEA, AHA, ECAC, NCHC, WCHA, B1G

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaNorthStar View Post
    No. Hockey already has more teams in the tourney than we should.
    I agree, but then at what point does this become a viable option?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherBigGuy911 View Post
    I agree, but then at what point does this become a viable option?
    When D1 hockey gets to 80 teams...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaNorthStar View Post
    No. Hockey already has more teams in the tourney than we should.

    It's also only 6 AQ's...HEA, AHA, ECAC, NCHC, WCHA, B1G
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    Re: NCAA Bracket Expantion

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty View Post
    A Gopher fan that can neither spell nor count. Shocking.
    Forgot CCHA was blown up sorry....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty View Post
    A Gopher fan that can neither spell nor count. Shocking.
    To be fair, he is also a Bemidji fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipsy McStagger View Post
    To be fair, he is also a Bemidji fan.
    Hey now - BSU gave me a great Edumkation.
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    Re: NCAA Bracket Expantion

    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaNorthStar View Post
    When D1 hockey gets to 80 teams...
    Seems to be as good a number as any.

    Maybe somewhere in the 70s if we're getting squirrelly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherBigGuy911 View Post
    With the advent of the Nacho and B1G next year (Making 7 AQs) does the NCAA expand the regional brackets to 4 games with the 4-5 seeds playing the day before the regional semifinals?

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    They may eventually expand stanchions.

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    Re: NCAA Bracket Expantion

    I think we should discuss the spelling of the word "expansion".

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    I think we should discuss the spelling of the word "expansion".
    You mean eckspanshun?
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    Re: NCAA Bracket Expantion

    I like that every team in the hockey tournament COULD win in the first round. Granted, #1 seeds don't lose in the 1st round often, but in basketball, I'm pretty sure a #1 seed has never lost in the first round. To me, that is a sign of too many teams. There should be enough that every team can have an honest shot at going once in a while, but few enough that every team that goes has at least an outside shot at winning one game (and stupid play-ins don't count to me).

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    Re: NCAA Bracket Expantion

    NCAA Championships committee uses a 25% rule when evaluating the size of championship fields. The make-up of conferences and AQs is irrelevant.

    We are closer to the tournament shrinking than expanding.

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    Re: NCAA Bracket Expantion

    Quote Originally Posted by schiegs View Post
    NCAA Championships committee uses a 25% rule when evaluating the size of championship fields. The make-up of conferences and AQs is irrelevant.

    We are closer to the tournament shrinking than expanding.
    Although they don't necessarily use that figure for post season fields as opposed to their championships. And absent a significant cutback in the number of teams I doubt there would be a cutback in the tourney field. I believe that the NCAA is pretty happy with the current setup and I think they would rather not have to deal with first round byes if it can be avoided. When you do that, it opens up other issues and makes it harder to fairly seed each region. And the 25% is not a hard and fast rule, anyway. More like a target/guideline.

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    Re: NCAA Bracket Expantion

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Although they don't necessarily use that figure for post season fields as opposed to their championships.
    I'm genuinely not sure what this sentence means. There's no NCAA-run post season tournament that is distinct from the championship tournament, so what are you getting at here?
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