Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald threw his support to a switch in the NCAA hockey tournament, making the first round a best-of-three series on the home ice of the higher seed. (H/T: Goon) Looking at the attendance of the regionals, it's obvious the current format isn't working with neutral ice. Take a page from baseball and play it on home ice where the fans can watch. And a best-of-three series lessens the impact of a bogus call in overtime. (Yes, Weasel fan: no matter what you say, those replays were inconclusive.)With the finality of the one and done NCAA hockey tourney it’s almost a travesty to watch a team that was a number one seed and probably a division winner during the regular season lose their first game of a one and done tourney.
Why not have the first round match up at the home arena of the higher seed? What is the harm, the teams would still be picked from the Pair Wise Rankings. This would alleviate number one seeds having to play a four seed in their home arena. I get the argument that Miami needed to get it done if they wanted to move forward, but maybe they deserved better than the fate they got. Maybe one questionable controversial goal wouldn't be as hard to swallow and said team would live to fight another day. Imagine the boat load of money this format would also make a boat load of money for the NC$$.
Of course you get these kinds of flawed arguments in respond to Brad's proposal.
I agree with the school sites for the higher seed for attendance but a best of three series will pretty much ruin the chance of any small school of winning but it does benefit UND and other super teams. The single game elimination gives any team a chance which may not sell as many tickets at the actual events, but makes it a lot more interesting than having UND, Michigan, one of the Boston teams and Denver every single year in the Frozen Four.By having to win two out of three games in the first round, that would actually make the team that won in the first round more legit in my mind. I don’t buy this logic of the smaller teams would suffer. Last time I checked the University of Minnesota Duluth was a small school that is division one in college hockey only… Minnesota Duluth’s other sports (football, basketball, golf etc) play in the NSIC which is a division II conference. The fact that UMD won the title this season, proves that the small schools can still win the NCAA title and that they are still relevant, a swing and a miss on that point.
I also think that if Union have had to travel to Duluth to play in the first round of the NCAA tourney we probably still would have had the same results. I don’t by the logic that the NCAA tourney needs to stay in a empty neutral site for the small schools to remain relevant.
Also, in case anyone was keeping track, there was only "one" Big Ten School that made the NCAA playoffs this season. The Frozen Four included two teams that had never won an NCAA title (Notre Dame and UMD). I don’t buy that argument that the same four teams will be in the frozen four every year if we have the first round games in the higher seeds home arena.
Like I said earlier; "If this proposed format would do anything it would probably poke holes in the PWR/RPI rankings and prove that certain teams rankings were way over rated."