Friday, August 2, 2013
3-point shot: For the sake of seeding
By Andy Katz
1. The selection committee's tweaks to the bracketing principles seems like such an obvious response that the committee should be applauded for actually realizing the mistake. Seeding should never have been sacrificed for the sake of avoiding early-tournament rematches. The whole thing was contradictory. The committee used to say that it didn't look at projecting beyond the first round of the tournament. Yet, suddenly, it was an issue if a rematch were to occur too early in the event. The whole point of spending countless hours of getting the seeds correct from 1 to 68 is to ensure that the bracket actually reflects this when it comes out on Selection Sunday. If there is a rematch in the second game then so be it. Remember, the committee makes a point of saying that every team is an independent, and so they should be seeded and bracketed in that manner. Previous matchups shouldn't matter. Games played earlier in the season will/should look completely different in mid-to-late March. The tournament should be the best teams, seeded accordingly, playing for a championship, regardless of conference affiliation or rematches from the nonconference.
2. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is the latest college administrator to want to get rid of the one-and-done rule. Well, it's not an NCAA rule. Scott mentioned there's new leadership in the NBA and NBAPA in comments to the Arizona media. True. But there hasn't been a strong movement to go with a two-and-done rule from the NBAPA, and there won't be unless it gets something in return from the owners in the next collective bargaining agreement. If there is a compromise worth attempting it's to go back to high school seniors being eligible for the NBA draft, but if a player enrolls in college he has to stay two years. College basketball would lose some elite players, but also a few who don't want to or shouldn't really be in a college situation if they're not committed for two years. Oh, and every Division I coach would take any player who is a one-and-done lottery-type player, assuming he could hang at the prospective school.
3. USA basketball's pending move from Colorado Springs to Tempe, Ariz., in the fall of 2015 has been met with high praise from within the basketball community. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who chairs the junior national team, said the Tempe location should be "unbelievable,'' and USA basketball got a great deal. He said expect all the junior national teams to train in Tempe. But the national team -- World Cup/Olympic team -- will continue to train in Las Vegas. A USA Basketball spokesperson said the Las Vegas destination for the national team is definitely through the 2016 cycle.