Form, can you give a more complete expplanation? First that I heard of this, and Im thinkinging its strange that all four toP PAC12 teams would battle each other if the draw holdds true. Are they related?
Rule up through 2011
64 teams seed in 16 groups of 4....
# 1 - 1's typically host unless facility inadequate or some other odd ball reason
2's, 3's and 4's to be assigned
# 2 - No teams from the same conference could see each other in the FIRST ROUND
# 3 - Since 9/11 under guise of safety (errr, less expense to schools and NCAA)... seed teams with 400 miles of regional sites... so pure seeding thrown out and you did best you could to seed within the 400.
# 4 - Now you travel the other teams that don't fit in your 400 mile window (or, with five 3's and four hosts in the CA/ASU region, some 3' will travel). As you assign the 'travelers' you attempt to maintain as best possible the purity of the draw (strong 1, weak 2, strong 3, weak 4).
In this type of draw....
# 1 UCLA, # 32 Arkansas, # 35 ASU and unranked four seed E. Kentucky would be the correct draw per the rules through 2011. ASU would have been assigned to UCLA as the strongest local # 3 within 400 miles of UCLA.
The NCAA has decided to give committee's the OPTION (which tennis took) to set up draws prioritizing that no two teams from the same conference would meet in the first two rounds. Then then throw in the 400 mile travel rule.
What this does is assure that 'essentially' all the SEC, ACC, Pac12, Big10 and Big12 school are either hosting or travelling.
Last year USC was at Cal where they met in the 2nd round. It was a more proper seeding within the 400 mile rule. Two years prior to that ASU has been a UCLA for 2nd round match ups. Washington has been to UCLA, USC and Stanford in recent years.
NEW IN 2012:
Now, no schools from the same conference can be second round match ups. As of this year.
So for a conference like the Pac, Big 12 or Big 10 ... with lots of schools with overlapping 400 mile radius', they are assured of not being assigned to Stanford, Cal, UCLA, USC, NW, Illinois, Texas, A&M, Baylor, TTech... even if they are # 2 or # 3 seeds that would more 'properly' seed at one of those sights for a fair bracket. No no no!
What that does then force is that Pepperdine, LB, St. Mary's, USD, Sac State, Fresno State, UCI (under this brand new rule)... North Texas, SMU, TCU.... Notre Dame, UIC... who don't belong to the BCS schools with host programs annually... these schools will always be stuck within the 400 mile radius even if less deserving programs from nearby BCS schools get to travel.
ND will always be at NW, Michigan or Illinois unless they host. LB will always be at USC, UCLA or Stanford. Pepp will always be at USC, UCLA, Stanford or Cal. or I suppose LB/Pepp could go to ASU if they were to host.
Even more ironic is this 'horrible' possibility that two teams from the same conference were having to see each other in round 2. Whaaaaaaaaaa. Given the crappy 400 mile rule, LB and Pepperdine.. who play each other ever year... have played each other in the NCAA FIRST ROUND three times in 7 seasons. Where's the bitching about that?
This new rule blows up fair bracketing
PLUS grants the BCS athletes annual road trips while the mid-major bottom feeders get to play close to home because their conference does not have multiple entries to 'c*ck block' local assignment.
AND puts those multi-entry BCS leagues in a great spot to control the entire 16 team Championship field at Athens. Since they can't knock each other off... it is very LIKELY that all 16 teams will be from those leagues. Locks them in... I realize they are the top 16 anyway.. but now they don't even have to play elite 2 seeds.
Thus, my bitch. It is inequitable seeding
And it is inequitable travel.. which sucks since these mid major kids (Pepp, LB and UIll Chicago in particular) always play close to home... AGAINST THE SAME KIDS THEY ALREADY PLAY IN THE FALL, AT PLACES THEY ALREADY GO, and some years agains teams they've just played in non-conference.
All so the BCS schools don't have to see each other until the Championships.
The 400 mile already sucked.. this new wrinkle assures some schools they always travel and the mid majors located anywhere near a BCS power that they will never see a different experience.
The NCAA talks about the 'experience' but it's only for a select few. The mid-majors are just bracket fillers.
Example: # 34 ASU and # 35 Pepperdine... both would be stuck in the 400 mile window but ASU would be seeded against an 'easier' two seed (Arkansas) and a tougher one seed within 400 miles (UCLA this year). LB, being a weaker 3 than ASU, would see a tougher two and a weaker # 1 seed (could be either USC or Stanford).