Re: Here we go again...
If you're going to do it, go big:
Play everyone in your division, then match up seeds with other conferences and play four elimination games, Sweet 16 style with byes for top teams, play-in games among bottom teams, and best records playing at home. Imagine the drama. Imagine the millions. (Imagine the headaches for ADs and travellers.) Boy, wouldn't it be fun?
For example, Alabama gets out of its division with the number one spot in the West. It then has to play
A 17-game schedule playing each team once, then a monster conference tourname, held over two weeks, first with elimination games for the lower division teams, then with games played on the home courts of the team with the higher seed, then, the last weekend, at a neutral site. A furious Febrary making way for March Madness. Made-for-TV drama.
Play home and away two game series with every team.
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