Pool play - rewards lower seeded teams!

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Posted by Informed Observer on February 13, 2019 at 07:44:35:

In Reply to: Pool Play Playoffs OPEN Division posted by Not a Fan on February 11, 2019 at 11:24:31:

Can someone explain to me how the tiebreaker rules for Open Division make sense?

Should there be a three-way tie for first in the pools, the lowest seed will advance. CIF has put in some elaborate window dressing ('points calculation'), but the bottom line is that the lower rated seeds will advance.

For instance, if Sierra Canyon loses to Corona Centennial, and Mater Dei wins, there would be a three way tie at the top of that pool. The winner would be the #7 seed, Mater Dei, even though they had lost to the highest seed #2 Sierra Canyon.

When was the last time that the lower rated seeds got any advantage? Why are the lower rated seeds getting this edge?

Also many of these games cannot be played at the higher seed's home court, due to CIF gym size requirements.

This means that the high seed gets only the benefit of wearing white uniforms. No home games, and they get the shaft in the tiebreaker.

Who has ever heard of such a crazy thing? There are PhDs in Game Theory that are laughing at the CIF right now.

If it were me, I'd be pushing super hard for my team getting the #7 or #8 seed. Wait, you mean that Bishop Montgomery and Mater Dei got those seeds already?

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