This past week has been filled with confusion and many meaningless 5A regional tournament games thanks to the new power point system put in place this year.
Angry, frustrated coaches, players and fans are already
calling for changes. Some want the regional tourney games to count in
the power ratings. Others are concerned about the future of Holiday
Tournaments. Following is a solution to all concerns.
new 5A power point system, it may be time to consider scrapping our present
regional format, thusly eliminating regional tournaments. The current
agenda has become stale and boring and resulted in some teams having to play
each other 3, 4, even 5 times in a season. (Remember when St. Mary's
beat Brophy five times in ‘00-‘01?)
Since we've turned almost everything
else in life over to computers, I believe it's time a computer made up our
high school basketball schedules.
"Puter" would consider a team's
previous season's power rating while scheduling opponents for the upcoming
season. Schedules would be balanced as best as possible so every team
played comparably difficult opponents. Teams would play each other
only once during the regular season.
This all-wise, impartial, objective
computer would also take into consideration the mileage between all
conference schools and do its best to schedule every team with an equal
amount of traveling. Games requiring travel distances of more than 75
miles would be scheduled on weekends if at all possible.
be played on Tuesday and Friday or Saturday nights.
One weekend date
would be left open later in the season to allow schools to arrange to play
their longtime rival, home one year, away the next. These "rival"
games would not count in the power rankings.
Let's look at the 5A
Conference for an example of how this might work. Currently there are
51 teams. Each team would play 24 regular season games, 12 home, 12
away. Additional holiday tournament games would be excluded from the power
ratings so as to allow different conference classifications to play each
other. (4A vs. 3A, etc.)
The state playoffs would begin at the conclusion
of the regular season and include EVERY team………all 51. Some of the
highest ranked teams could or would get a first round bye and there would
need to be one or more pigtail games for the lowest ranked teams. (See
below for a hypothetical tourney.)
This new system would be fair and
equitable to all. It would be more exciting because you'd never know
which teams you'd be playing from year to year.
Since Phoenix area
teams would play Tucson teams on a regular basis, a better balance of power
would naturally result.
My new scheduling system would be much more
student/athlete friendly as midweek travel would be cut
The new system would also be good for the economy, as many
families would stay overnight for the weekend games when they had to travel
a significant distance.
It's time for a change and AZ high school
basketball will be better for
51 - 5A
Teams (48 seeds in tourney)
Teams power rated at #48-51 are
pigtailed. #48 plays #51 #49 plays #50 Winners play for 48th
1st round, all 48 teams play, games at higher seed.
round two days later, all 24 teams play, games at higher seed.
two days later, all 12 teams play, games at higher seed.
4th round at
least two days later, all six teams play, "Super Six" at America West
5th round at least two days later, three teams left, highest seed
awarded a bye into championship game. Semi-Final played at AWA and
Championship game played at AWA two days later.
*** I'm not a
mathematician, so fine-tuning likely will be required to make this model
It's Time To Revise The Basketball Playoffs
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