Part of the problem is the math doesn't reduce well to the final four.
The east has about 2/3 of the teams - something like 62 to 28, if I recall correctly. (I know that's not the exact numbers).
That works well for 8 of the 12 teams in the field... 2/3
But for the last four, either the east gets 3 of the 4 - 75% - and is 'over' represented, or it gets two - 50% - and is 'under' represented. And 1 or 2 is mismatched for the west, as well.
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Does the Committee want the 1st and 6th ranked teams to have a single game to get to the Frozen Final Four and make the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th ranked teams play 2 games?
Our compatriots up in D1 on this site and on the other site mention "bracket integrity". I don't know if that mantra will apply to D3. If it does, then a 1/3 split seems logical. If they want to go west and maximize attendance then 2/2, but if the 2 west winners are Augsburg and Adrian, can they really afford to go West as the rinks are not large in terms of fannies.
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I don't know why people keep wasting time considering potential attendance as never once prior has evidence been generated, be it in written protocol or actual practice, that the bracket has been arranged with attendance in mind. Because it hasn't been and won't be, so I continue to fail to understand the slavish devotion to such mythology. It's also a waste of time to talk about potential hosts that didn't even bother bidding for the thing.
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