There are 64 teams remaining in the high school basketball tournament, going into Saturday’s regional round. Curiosity got the best of me: What would a single-class tournament with the 64 remaining teams look like?
This idea – or some semblance of it – actually has some backing. Various compromise plans were proposed when state Sen. Mike Delph and Indiana High School Athletic Association Commissioner Bobby Cox toured the state a couple years ago for town hall meetings about the state of the basketball tournament.The IHSAA executive committee voted in October stay with the four-class tournament that has been in place since 1997-98.
I don’t think this format has any chance of ever happening, though I do like the idea (which is similar to others). Basically, it would keep the four classes intact through the sectional and then filter one team from each class into one of the 16 regionals (each of the 16 regionals would have a 4A, 3A, 2A and Class A team). I matched them up as close as possible by geography, though some of my choices were probably debatable. Then, I seeded the four teams in each regional according to the Sagarin ratings.
As probably would be expected, many of the regionals were seeded according to class (4A the top seed, on down). But it was only six of the 16, actually a lower number than I thought. The Martinsville Regional, for example, was seeded in this order: Brownsburg (4A), Tri-West (3A), Crispus Attucks (2A) and Lutheran (A). So Brownsburg vs. Lutheran in one regional semifinal and Tri-West vs. Attucks in the other.
The 4A team was seeded first in 12 of the 16 regionals. But there were several other intriguing matchups and groupings. For example:
• In the Michigan City Regional, Griffith (3A) was seeded first and Michigan City Marquette (A) was second;
• In the Marion Regional, Class 4A power Homestead was the top seed and Class A Liberty Christian was second;
• Class 2A Frankton was seeded second behind 4A Carmel in the Tipton Regional;
• Class 2A power Park Tudor was seeded first in the Southport Regional, just ahead of 4A Lawrence North;
• Class A Barr-Reeve was seeded second behind 4A Evansville Reitz in the Washington Regional;
Here are the matchups:
Michigan City Regional
Griffith (16-3) vs. Hammond Noll (11-13); Michigan City Marquette (21-6) vs. South Bend Riley (10-14)
Kankakee Valley Regional
Munster (18-9) vs. Tri-County (20-5); Andrean (14-10) vs. Winamac (20-4)
North Judson Regional
Crown Point (18-8) vs. Oregon Davis (11-13); Twin Lakes (18-8) vs. LaVille (20-6)
South Bend St. Joseph (18-6) vs. Fort Wayne Canterbury (14-10); Fort Wayne Blackhawk (20-6) vs. Northridge (14-9)
Homestead (25-2) vs. Oak Hill (18-6); Liberty Christian (23-3) vs. NorthWood (22-2)
Fort Wayne Carroll (23-3) vs. Seton Catholic (18-6); Fort Wayne Dwenger (12-13) vs. Madison-Grant (14-9)
Carmel (22-2) vs. Rossville (11-15); Frankton (23-2) vs. Columbia City (19-7)
McCutcheon (22-4) vs. Fountain Central (20-8); Hamilton Heights (19-7) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (15-9)
Park Tudor (22-2) vs. Tindley (17-10); Lawrence North (19-5) vs. Lebanon (9-15)
Pike (18-8) vs. West Vigo (14-12); Cloverdale (22-5) vs. Clay City (22-4)
Richmond (24-3) vs. Jac-Cen-Del (18-8); Guerin Catholic (18-8) vs. Northeastern (22-3)
Brownsburg (20-6) vs. Lutheran (9-15); Tri-West (20-4) vs. Crispus Attucks (18-5)
Greensburg (21-3) vs. South Ripley (16-8); Franklin Central (8-15) vs. Christian Academy (21-4)
Evansville Reitz (26-1) vs. Linton-Stockton (20-6); Barr-Reeve (23-2) vs. Evansville Memorial (17-6)
New Albany (23-2) vs. Wood Memorial (17-9); Silver Creek (23-2) vs. Evansville Mater Dei (19-6)
Bloomington South (21-2) vs. Eastern Pekin (19-6); Vincennes Lincoln (19-6) vs. Orleans (21-3)