Well Dr. We play Wooster at 10 am Thursday. Your point about the west is accurate. Thats why I would like to see round robin in the NCAC. But that wont happen. I understand the difficulty of making that happen.
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That's why I like the Women's CWS D-I bracket that crosses losers over to the other bracket. Provides a chance for two teams placed in the same group of four to still meet in the final series.Just Bill I really like that idea.
I am not completely sure that I am correct on this, but from what I have heard discussed, is that the National Committee take the final secret rankings, decided by the Regional Committee, and make any corrections where they feel the regional committees may have made a mistake. The top team, who did not get a pool A bid, are up against the top teams from other regional rankings. They compare the teams based on the primary criteria. See bullet point 5.Cal Lutheran has to be in the running. They have 32 wins and forced a final game in the conference tournament. Given the losses of PLU and Linfield they have a pretty good story. Trinity's win helped as well. If Centennary had beaten Trinity, then Trinity would have been a top candidate for one of the C spots. The ASC tournament is this weekend. If UTT and CTX make it to the finals then the losere is likely to get one of the at large bids. All things being considered equal, the cost of travel will be a deciding factor. UTT is the host school and CTX is a 5 hour buss drive away.
Currently only 5 teams have more wins, so that is a plus.
Last year, 2 teams shipped into the West. If national rankings were important, then West with 6 of the top 25, would reflect the overall strength of the West region.
Question: when determining Pool C candidates, I keep hearing that only Regional rankings are important.
But what criteria is used to decide if "top" regional Pool C candidate should stay in region or should ship to another region... bumping a lower Regional ranking team out of their region. What decides if #3 West is better Pool C candidate than #3 Wisconsin or SE or NE?
IE... last year Chapman had 30 wins and was Regionally ranked, but they stayed home and teams from other regions were put in the West.