I don't know what the best solution is to this issue, but the current one-and-done format, while practical from a logistics view, does not select the best team to win the whole shooting match. The pathetic crowd draws of the regionals also need to be addressed. I would love to see some kind of overhaul of the NCAA playoffs. Right now there is a fair bit of luck involved, and you have weaker teams beating strong teams, in half-empty buildings.
it works for hoops so....Except that hockey is completely different. It's a lousy come-from-behind game and one bad period/a coup;e of freak bounces or deflections can cook you. Now if they had the 2-goal shot and the illegal defense.....
Both in format and in hosting sites. Invariably, baseball gets the best teams to the college world series.
Best of 3 format for the rounds of 16 and 8. The round of 16 would be this weekend at campus sites, with the higher seeds playing host.
The round of 8 would be the "regionals" at neutral sites, next weekend. I might re-seed after the round of 16 and after the regionals.
The Frozen Four would remain the weekend after the Final Four, but I'd flip it from Thursday-Saturday to Saturday-Monday. This would give teams more rest, make it easier for more people to watch the Saturday games, and maximize TV ratings for the championship game.
I particularly like the idea of keeping the first round at campus sites, and I like the best-of-three format. Having the next round at regionals...not sure how that would work. You're going to only have two teams at each site, right? As DD points out, attendance will be a pretty big problem. Or would you do two sites, with two series at each?
My estimate for the attendance of a regional best of 3 series at a neutral site next week.
to the Frozen Four. Who among UMass-Lowell, Yale, SCSU and Quinnipiac has any kind of fan base?
averaging more fans per game than Notre Dame. And doesn't the FF typically sell out on the strength of people like our own Mr Wednesday, who attend annually regardless of participating teams? While tickets on the secondary market will be easier to come by this year than in most, the event is officially sold out.
they don't seem to make it to Chestnut Hill, for example (and their games at BC tend to have available seats, unlike ours, BU's, or UNH's). As you point out, that's not a big part of what gets sold for the FF.
I think there is a lot of merit to the thought of a two-out-of-three game series. The hockey playoffs are the only ones that I can think of that don't mirror the regular season format. Teams are conditioned to play series. The same in baseball. The NCAA baseball tournament carries that formula right to the College World Series. Hockey drops it at the conference semifinal stage.