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NCAA Tournament #1 overall seed will now get to choose location of opening rounds

Believe it or not, I have some good news from the NCAA to pass along. According to CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander, the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament will now be able to choose the location of its first two games.

“Preferences would be communicated by teams in contention for the overall No. 1 seed far in advance of Selection Sunday in a process to be determined,” the NCAA said in a statement via

For teams like Kentucky, Duke, and the rest of the blue bloods, this is excellent news. Well, strike that. Duke always gets preferential treatment, so for teams like Kentucky, who continually get shafted the selection committee, this is excellent news. Next year’s opening round host sites are Buffalo, Milwaukee, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Greensboro, Indianapolis, Tulsa, and Sacramento. I’ll take Indianapolis, please.

Today’s decision comes as the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) ad hoc committee — of which John Calipari is a member — is putting together suggestions for the selection committee to improve the process. Norlander reports that the NABC committee has also requested an updated composite ranking system and clear list of criteria used for seeding and selection to improve transparency. Those changes won’t come until the 2017-18 season at the earliest.

For now, let’s just be happy with the changes we are getting, and hope that Kentucky puts itself in a position to be able to take over Indy in March.

[CBS Sports]

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7 Comments for NCAA Tournament #1 overall seed will now get to choose location of opening rounds

  1. Michael W
    4:21 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t see what difference this makes. Right now, they would send the overall #1 to the closest site, which would almost always be the site that they would select.

  2. ClutchCargo
    4:21 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    In other news, the NCAA has announced that Duke will be the presumptive overall #1 seed for the foreseeable future.

    • EdC
      5:20 pm July 19, 2016 Permalink


  3. Chad
    4:32 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    So now we will have to face the top over all #2,3, 4 seeds closer to home. ncaa (not a capitolization mistake) will find a way to get us every time.

  4. SoCalCat
    5:21 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    Given the lack of experience, I would be surprised if this year’s team has the opportunity top pick.

  5. Cousins Fake Tooth
    5:24 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    So everyone always complaining that duke gets to basically play a couple miles from home…..this is a way for the NCAA to stop the complainer by giving them the overall seed more often

  6. mikeintn
    9:27 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    Well don’t this suck, we will never be the overall number one seed again.