wile_e8

March 18th, 2017 at 12:30 AM ^

Great. If Kentucky had the early game, any fan with a job Monday would leave early to get home, especially if they lost. Now they're all going to be there and cheering against Louisville.

M-Dog

March 18th, 2017 at 12:45 AM ^

Is it common that the same First Round site is used for two different Regions?

I don't recall ever seeing that before, although I never really paid that much attention to it.

It really helps us in this case.

Great ticket for the fans:  Michigan vs. Louisville and Kentucky vs. Wichita State . . . three of 2013's Final Four.

bluesalt

March 18th, 2017 at 12:57 AM ^

Almost typical. It used to be that they had sub-regionals, so all the teams in the Midwest bracket would play in cities in the Midwest for the first weekend as well as the second weekend. 10-15 year ago they changed that up, and now there are pods, with the top seeds generally playing close to home, regardless of what region they've been bracketed to. This keeps #2-4 seeds from having to travel too far for their early round games, which sometimes could hurt their seeding advantage.

Richard75

March 18th, 2017 at 9:32 AM ^

Had the pod system been in effect sooner, the Loyola Marymount game might not have happened.

That 2nd-round game matched a 3 against an 11 in an arena that was a half hour from the 11 seed's campus. Under the pod system, Michigan definitely doesn't go to Long Beach and probably is in a different 3-14/6-11 bracket (since the games would've been closer to Ann Arbor).

TheRonimal

March 18th, 2017 at 12:54 AM ^

Super bummed as some other jerk got me excited with his claim that the game would be later Sunday. Won't be able to watch again, unfortunately. Definitely will be watching the Okie St game torrent tomorrow now. FUCK.

LSAClassOf2000

March 18th, 2017 at 8:36 AM ^

The one thing that irritates the crap out of my wife when I am watching the NCAA Tournament - especially when we're alive and in it - is that lack of predictability when it comes to game times each weekend. I think I am supposed to be somewhere, for example, tomorrow around that time, but now I will have to talk my way into being at home.

Oh well, she knows me well enough by now. I have different priorities.