Out of curiosity, I was checking ESPN to see how the MAC tournament was going.
I was intrigued by the format of their 12 team conference tournament and wondered if it would be a good format for the B1G to adopt.
Basically the top two seeds get byes all the way to the semifinals. This way, those top teams don't have to worry as much about 3 games in 3 days, injuries, or whatever else the tournament naysayers bring up. The 3 and 4 seeds have a bye to the quarterfinals like they do now.
Therefore, the remaining 5-12 seeds have two rounds to battle their way to the quarterfinals. In this year's B1G, Michigan and Wisconsin would be resting up until Saturday while MSU and Nebraska await the winners of the first two rounds to face in the Friday quarterfinal matchups.
Gives a significant reward for the top 2 seeds and, to some degree, 3 and 4 seeds for their strong regular season finish.
Logistically, it would add a round of tournament games so the current consecutive day format may not work as well. You could possibly have two Monday/Tuesday tournaments with the 5-12 seeds at satellite locations (Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland) that build towards the final in Indy (or Chicago).
I know this akin to fantasizing about college football playoff scenarios, but I was certainly intrigued and can appreciate the benefits as a fan of the #1 seed in this year's tournament. In the Amaker years, I may have liked our chances better in the current format. It is March, Enjoy!