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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

System needs tweaking

The boys basketball playoff qualifers were announced tonight and Booker T. Washington is nowhere to be found.

That just shows you the playoffs aren't about the best 32 teams.

Because a 20-win BTW win IS one of the best 32 teams in the state. But because the Lions play in a really strong district, they finished 5-5 in the district and in fourth place.

So some third-place teams are in the playoffs even though they are not nearly as good as BTW and the Lions are staying at home.

Here's a concept the LHSAA should consider. Automatic bids to the district champion, wild cards to everyone else. Then fill out field with the best remaining teams. Whether it's through a selection committee or power points, anything to get as close to the best 32 teams as possible in the playoffs.


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