Re: Race and predictions who will host the 2013 NCAA Regionals
For the rest of the schools not in the top 25 elite.. it's the rest of the bracket that is like putting together a puzzle.
Predict current # 42 Washington will be the first team left out. They played the individual tourney at Ojai (no points gained) while Illinois will get a decimal pt for beating Michigan State AND they are hosting the NCAA's.
IF the committee follows the 300 mile rule and then actually tries to actually balance the brackets (high 1, weak 2, high 3, weak 4)....
Only one # 2... UCI should just hold on at # 32... so bank on them going to USC which is the toughest # 1 thus getting a weak # 2.
There look to be five 3's to fill four spots (SD State, St Mary's, Long Beach, Pepperdine, UNLV) within the 300 mile radius travel rule. So somebody is going to get to travel. UNLV has to go to LA or travel, SD State has to go to LA or travel. Lots of options but someone is going to get a rare chance to travel.
How rare is travel: LB has never left CA in 9 previous trips... 3 times @ UCLA, 1 @ USC, 2 @ Stanford, 1 @ Fresno State. Ironically when going to Stanford and Fresno they still had LB play Pepperdine... who they play annually anyway (except this year). This system is so predictable and uninspiring due to the mileage rule and always having at least 4 sites in CA. Kind of sucks for the ladies on the west coast schools that regular make it but get the same experience every year.
Two # 4's... SJ State and Sac State. Bank on them filling the Cal & Stanford regionals.