View Poll Results: Would you rather have 8/9 seed or play in First Four?

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  • Go On Roll, Get 8/9 Seed, Get No. 1 on Opening Weekend

    30 57.69%
  • Play possum, Go to First Four, avoid top seed until Sweet 16

    22 42.31%
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    NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    Enter as an 8/9 seed, or go to First Four as a 12/13 seed?

    Here is the scenario. This really isn't exactly meant to apply to this team this year or any team in reality. Just something I was thinking about. Essentially assume names have been changed to protect the innocent.

    Say your team, at this point in the season (6 or 7 games left) is riding right along or just inside the bubble. Team has the talent to be solidly in the tournament, but things just haven't clicked for whatever.

    Now, lets say you are guaranteed to make the tournament. You can go on a run to end the year, but the schedule is such you are only going to improve the resume to the point of an 8 or 9 seed. You could also sputter/implode a bit, but still squeak into the first four.

    Do you take the 8/9 and the nearly certain death that the 1 seed represents in the second round?

    Or do you go to the First Four, and get a very beatable opening game (essentially pretending you got a 5 seed) and avoid the looming number 1 seed, taking your chances against a couple fringe-ish top-25 teams during opening weekend?



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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    I'd rather win it, irregardless of seed. Any other questions?




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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    Id def take the first four. I hate the 8/9 line.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    Id def take the first four. I hate the 8/9 line.
    That's kind of what I was thinking. Especially since the 4/5 line is can be pretty shaky.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    I just want to get in at this point.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    Quote Originally Posted by Final42b View Post
    I just want to get in at this point.
    I don't really mean it in that way, not applying it to this team.

    Purely a hypothetical.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    With only these two options, 8/9 - Play-in requires sweating on Selection Sunday.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    8/9, don't want to have to play in the first round.


    Last edited by awd4cy; 02-16-2013 at 08:24 PM.

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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    Definitely 8/9. I don't want to play in anymore games than we have to.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    Quote Originally Posted by Aclone View Post
    I'd rather win it, irregardless of seed. Any other questions?
    I have a question. Irregardless. Meaning not regardless. Which means it matters to you, but you didn't answer the question if that's the case. I understand that you'd want to win, but please clear up the confusion.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    Quote Originally Posted by VikesFan4Ever28 View Post
    I have a question. Irregardless. Meaning not regardless. Which means it matters to you, but you didn't answer the question if that's the case. I understand that you'd want to win, but please clear up the confusion.
    I think he means irrespective.


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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    Just make the tourney.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    No play in game. I don't like that anyway.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    I take the 8/9 this year. Even in your hypothetical scenario there isn't a clear favorite to win the tournament, in fact there are about 7 teams vying for the four #1 seeds. If my team is just finding their groove I feel better about them taking on a potential #1 seed like Gonzaga than having to play that extra play-in game and risk injury/fatigue later in the tourney.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament Would You Rather?....

    Quote Originally Posted by atlantacyclone View Post
    Just make the tourney.
    That's not the point of the poll/thread. As stated above, you're in no matter what.

    Doesn't have anything to do really with this year's ISU team. Just a hypothetical strategy question.

    How many think the trade-off of the extra game is worth potentially avoiding a 1 or overall 1 seed on opening weekend.



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