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Published: Saturday, May 3 2014 6:33 p.m. MDT

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nvfan
Cedar City, UT

3 out of 4 Region 9 teams made it to the playoffs. I would hope that now something can be done in the future to allow solid team from Region 9 to play in the playoffs. Desert Hills and Hurricane should have also qualified. With the other weaker Regions with 2 less schools having the same number of playoff teams as Region 9 is unfair. A number 3 or 4 seed from Regions 11 and 12 should not be guaranteed a playoff slot. Good luck to the remaining teams. You all deserve to be where you are.

WeberCatBasketballFan
Midway, UT

It is fair. 4 regions, 4 teams each, 16 teams in the tournament. Everyone has the same opportunity going in knowing they have to finish in the top 4 in their region (it's much worse in 4A... take a look). In any given year, one region will be stronger and any region can have the risk that a top 16 team finishes 5th in the region but all regions are in the same boat. I see people complaining but not offering of a solution or better way. What do you suggest. I propose the only alternative is to do what other states do and Utah refuses to do and that is form a committee to rank and hand pick the top 16 teams and seed them 1 v 16, 2 v 15 and so on. That would solve another recurring problem of the two best teams meeting in the quarter or semi final as was the case two years ago when Wasatch and Dixie played in the semifinal. The problem with picking the top 16 is that 17 and 18 will always complain that there was bias or favoritism and you know that would happen.

nvfan
Cedar City, UT

I know that you and I will not solve the problem. Those with the power to change it must first recognize there is a problem. There can be a solution that could make the system more fair, but we will not be able to get it done. My motivation for the previous post was to just point out the problem and hope that someone with the power might do something about it. We shall see.

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