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Changes coming to the NCAA Basketball tournament

USA TODAY Sports


There are a few changes coming to the seeding of the NCAA tournament going forward.

I have to wonder if this change partially stems from the fact that the ACC might have 47 eligible teams:

One of the changes addresses how soon teams from the same conference can play each other in the tournament, which will be based on the frequency with which they met during the regular season and postseason conference tournament.

This means that teams from the same conference that played only once during the season can now face each other as early as the third round of the championship. Subsequently, teams from the same league that met twice during the year will not potentially play each other until the regional semifinals. Also, teams from the same league that played each other three times during the course of the season cannot play until the regional championship game.

Of course, as always, NC State will be on the receiving end of any disadvantage this may bring a team in the tournament, right?

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