This morning we bracketed the 64teams for the NCAA Tournament. To simplify the challenging process of accomplishing this task I will cover a few points.
1. Teams from the same conference cannot play each other before regionals.
2. Teams are to play at home if they are a host site even if they are a higher seed.
3. Travel is taken into consideration so if a team can bus rather than fly you try and place them there if possible.
The software used to bracket has all kinds of tools to help the bracketing process more efficient.
For example, it shows you distance to each host site for the team being bracketed. It will inform you if you have made an error in placing a common conference opponent in the same bracket, kind of like spellcheck.
Despite all of these resources at our fingertips it still feels like piecing together a 1000+ puzzle piece.
In the end I have found an even greater respect and appreciation for the amount of research, time, and integrity by our committee that is put into the process of creating a solid tournament bracket.
Thank you to the NCAA, WBCA for creating this experience for us, to the coaches and commissioners, and the A Team.
When the MSU Bobcats make the tournament I am calling on Ralf to be our voice. He knows what "sparkle" from yesterday's discussion is all about.