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Smith is still awaiting reports from some conferences, so he's not sure whether a consensus has developed. He said his personal preference, which could change, would be to have the 16th and 17th seeds play each other for the right to face each region's top seed. But Smith said he also sees the merit of a proposal that would pit the final eight at-large teams against one another in those first four games.
"The teams on the 17th and 16th and 15th lines, they're conference champions," Smith said, albeit from small conferences. "The last eight in are fifth in their league, sixth in their league, maybe seventh in their league. They're not champions."
"It's going to be real hard because all of us have this emotional tie to what Dayton has done for us," Smith said. "They've been unbelievable. But then there's the thought of playing it at one place, maybe in Indianapolis. I don't know where it's going to end up. I, right now, would probably lean toward doing them all in Indianapolis because they're easier to operate. They're easy to get to. You've got the NCAA staff there that can run them."