Looks like playing in a different venue might not be the only change in store for the Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament.
According to this report in the Honolulu Advertiser, WAC athletic directors have discussed the idea of rewarded regular season excellence with a bye — or two — in the conference tournament.
“Currently the first- and second-seeded teams have first-round byes. But under a proposal that officials say will be put up for discussion by coaches, the top two seeds would not play until the semifinals, according to WAC associate commissioner Jeff Hurd.
“The new plan would match seeds No. 5 vs. No. 8 and No. 6 vs. No. 7 in the first round. Then, the winners would play seeds No. 3 and No. 4 in the second round. Those winners would be matched against Nos. 1 and 2 in the semifinals.
“Proponents say the proposal gives more value to the regular season standings and helps preserve the top teams’ Ratings Percentage Index. In addition, it gives the lower teams an opportunity to pick up a victory by playing low-seeded competition early. Hurd said the West Coast Conference also uses the same format.”