March 17, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 6 comments

When did the NCAA decide to let schools play "home games" during the first two rounds of March Madness? I thought there was supposed to be a way to stop this from happening. Or did they change that and I missed it?

I'm going to the Auburn Hills/Detroit games next week, and I'll be seeing Michigan AND Michigan State.

Louisville is playing in Lexington, Kansas and Kansas State are playing in Kansas City, Ohio State is playing in Dayton...

posted by grum@work at 07:19 PM on March 17

I thought it was odd that Michigan and MSU were in different regions, yet both are starting in Auburn Hills...

posted by MeatSaber at 08:19 PM on March 17

When did the NCAA decide to let schools play "home games" during the first two rounds of March Madness?

Kind of makes financial sense to have teams playing close to their fan base. I do agree a team shouldn't be allowed to play on their true home court or a court they play any games considered home games on.

... Um, telling someone in Lexington that Louisville is playing a home game there might not be wise ...

Enjoy the games!

posted by cixelsyd at 10:59 PM on March 17

Each tournament site has a host school. If that team is in the tournament, they are not allowed to play at that site. Beyond that the committee attempts to play teams as close to home as possible, though I believe they try to avoid having a team have a "home"ish game in the first or second round against a higher seed.

In the case of Auburn Hills, Oakland is the host, so Michigan and Michigan State could play there. Likewise, as Georgetown is hosting the East region, they could not be sent there.

posted by bender at 12:02 AM on March 18

As far as I can remember, the the committee has tried to give higher seeds locations at least in their region, only moving teams into odd places when they have conflicting seedings (like, Kentucky and Duke or UNC being 1 seeds - someone's going to have to go to a different region, usually the "lower" 1 seed).

posted by LionIndex at 12:37 AM on March 18

From an article bemoaning the lack of black player on the San Francisco Giants (and MLB in general):

For the first time in memory, the Giants, reigning champions, have no African American players in camp this spring. It's a stunning development on a team whose history is molded by Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, Frank Robinson and Dusty Baker.

As a comment from Baseball Think Factory says:

It seems like there could be a name missing from this list, but I can't figure out who it could possibly be. Certainly nobody as important to Giants history as Frank Robinson, I'm sure.

"Joe Young" never existed. There has never been a "Jon Dowd".

posted by grum@work at 01:25 AM on March 18

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