As expected, the NCAA made a change Thursday, in an attempt to more accurately seed the field for its 68-team tournament. The move allows some conference teams to face each other as early as the round of 32; in the past they had to wait until the regional final (unless a league got nine or more teams into the field). Of course, restrictions remain -- e.g., teams that have played three times during the season still must wait until the Elite Eight for a rematch. Should the NCAA open things up further?
Movin' on up?
If a pair of teams squared off only once during the season, they could meet again quite early.
Not soon enough?
Preventing oft-seen matchups, however, could throw off the seeding curve.
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