MHSAA votes to seed district hoops tourney
EAST LANSING/IRON COUNTY—The topic of seeding basketball tournaments has been bandied about for some time now, and in some states, like Wisconsin, has been adopted and established.
In Michigan, the idea had never moved past the discussion stage until now. At its summer meeting on May 5-6, however, the Michigan High School Athletic Association adopted the proposal to seed the top two teams in each district and place them on opposite sides of the bracket.
The move guarantees that the top two teams could not play each other before the district championship game.
According to a news release from the MHSAA, the two seeded teams will be determined using a Michigan Power Ratings computer formula based on regular-season results against other MHSAA-tournament eligible teams and opponents’ strength of schedule. Games against out-of-state or non-MHSAA opponents will not count in the formula.
The MHSAA will draw all brackets two weeks before the start of district play. After the top two seeds are determined and separated to opposite sides of the bracket, the draw process will place the remaining teams on the bracket based on a randomly selected order determined earlier in the season.
In an important point to remember, the change does not guarantee that seeded teams will receive byes or serve as home teams.
The date of the draw of all teams has not been announced, but the seeding process needed to be held late in the regular season to compile results of games and make strength-of-schedule determinations.
The point of seeding tournaments is centered around not having the top teams play in the early rounds, thereby not allowing the district to become theoretically less competitive as it proceeds.