posted on Mar, 10 2005 @ 12:01 AM
In terms of UNC and Duke being seeded in the same region... I'm not sure if it has happened (it probably has, but I'm not much of a historian),
especially as there is are really only 4 regions, and recently the ACC has had more than 4 teams qualify. But I think theres a rule of sorts that says
that teams from the same conference cannot meet until a certain round of play. Actually...
From the NCAA Handbook for the Tournament:
Each of the first three teams selected from a conference shall be placed in different regions.
No more than one team from a conference may be seeded in the same grouping of four (in line Nos. 1-4 and 13-16) in a region. (Note: The only possible
exception would occur if a conference has five or more teams seeded in line Nos. 1-4. The other principles herein would apply in the exception
In line Nos. 5-12, two teams from the same conference may be placed in the same group of four, providrd that they would not meet until the regional
Conference teams shall not meet each other before the regional final unless a ninth team is selected from a conference. Two teams from the same
conference within the same region, therefore, shall not be seeded together in either of the following groups: Nos. 1,4,5,8,9,12,13,and 16; or Nos.
There shall not be more than two teams from a conference in one region unless a nonth team is selected from a conference
Additionally, I think that they tend to set it up so that later in the tournament, we might get some crazy matchups... like Duke/Kentucky (same teams
from 92) and whatnot, so if both Duke and UNC were doing well, I would imagine that the committee would not put them too close together so that there
would be the possibility of meeting up for a really really really big game.
I know I said this on the JJ Redick thread... but can you imagine of the 1st team All ACC actually played together? I would pay... a lot of money to
see that... that would be insane... and they could go around playing other all conference teams and whoever won could claim to have the top
conference. Yes, I know I totally faded into dream world... but yeah... Shelden Williams and Sean May together? would be... overpowering... and
[Edited on 3/10/05 by wnyc5]