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Old 08-08-17, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Kballer View Post
Not sure exactly what what he proposal is- just typically they don't have the two bottom seeds play each other first round. It's usually take the top one and play the bottom seed, then work your way to the middle. Obviously need to adjust for byes if the numbers aren't right for bracket to whittle down evenly. I haven't really seen the model you are describing- unless it is a "play in" type situation. The main advantage of being a higher seed is getting to play lower seeds- doesn't make much sense if 2 plays 5 and 15 plays 19 opening round for example.
Assuming 16 teams:

1 plays 16
2 plays 15

If there are fewer than 16 teams, byes take the place of the missing teams.

If there are more than 16 teams, you need a play-in round where...

16 plays 17 (winner plays 1)
15 plays 18 (winner plays 2)
until you've used up all the teams.

If there are exactly 17 teams, which was the hypothetical I started with, the two bottom teams play each other. Otherwise they don't.
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