werExcept for NCAA Men's Basketball, the NCAA has always placed
a higher priority on selling tickets than worrying about a participate having
home court advantage.BYU will just have to do it one more time
versus the Cardinal, then avenge their early season loss at Loyola-Chicago.The team I really feel sorry for is Pepperdine. The Top Four teams in
this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Rankings are:#1 BYU#2 Loyola-Chicago#3 Stanford#4 PepperdineLewis is ranked #10, yet they somehow got the invite over Pepperdine.
Eight MPSF teams are ranked higher than Lewis.
For the Cougs to beat Stanford for a fourth time and then likely play Loyola on
their home floor is a bit much to ask. Having a national NCAA championship
played at a team's home field/arena/court/field is bush league.
The folks who run the NCAA don't like BYU and always schedule them in any
event in the worst possible position.
I wonder why the NCAA won't let BYUTV broadcast the early games.
You have to wonder how the Cougars will do in the "Gentile" arena....
Let's go cougs. Sanders needs to go out with a bang.
Well, Pepperdine got robbed, which in turn means Loyola doesn't have to
play an MPSF team until the championship match, whereas BYU and Stanford will
have to duke it out again in the other semifinal. One gets the feeling that the
NCAA ~really~ wants Loyola to win this one, but I'd bet on the MPSF every
time at season's end. The real championship will be determined on
Thursday--I just hope the Cougs bring their A game.
My bad... BYU would have to beat Stanford a 4th time this year to advance to the
The Tourney is certainly stacked in Loyola's favor--at home and don't
have to face the MPSF team until the final.I don't understand why the
Tourney doesn't take 8 teams. I think the MPSF certainly deserves to have
more than 2 teams in the National Tournament.I am not too excited
about BYU having to face Stanford again as their next opponent. It is hard to
beat a top 3 team 3 consecutive times. Especially when they know you so well.