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Old 08-14-17, 12:41 PM
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"Picking last would give the higher rated team the opportunity to avoid the other good teams. Picking first puts a team at the mercy of running against whom ever."

If the weakest teams pick first, the weakest ~18 teams would pick the same district guaranteeing 5 of them get to Regionals. It would also be conceivable that the strongest ~18 teams would also be at the same district, allowing only 5 of them to advance.

If the strongest teams pick first, then subsequent teams will most likely choose the district that is most likely to allow them to advance. This encourages the balance between districts.

Game theory doesn't hold up in every situation, but having the strongest teams pick last is crazy.
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