Monday, March 9, 2009

Half-round robin

This idea grew out of a conversation with a Michigan coach. What if you had only 12 teams and 6 prelims? Obviously, it's going to be hard to power-match the tournament; the brackets are going to be too small too quickly (basically, nothing but pull-ups after round 3). So why not do a half-round robin? The Excel workbook shows one way to make this happen, and, as it shows, if you can seed the teams before the tournament starts, then you can make a pretty fair pairing:

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