That’s exactly the point though. These teams play up. The fact that they couldn’t schedule easier teams shouldn’t be the reason they don’t make playoffs. Mooney damn near beat Ursuline (who has me sweating in region nine). Do you think it’s easy for d5 cardinal mooney to get weaker teams on the schedule? no. No one wants to play them. So they get screwed out of playoffs every year? That’s not fair to them. It’s also not fair that teams that go 10-0 against no one make it in because they’re in a weak conference. Division 1 should be 8 teams. No doubt. But every other division having 16 gives opportunities to teams like mooney and kenston. Also gives every kid and coach an extra week. Every parent, band member, fan, etc gets another game.9 below seeds survive to round 3 #13 Kenston and #10 Padua in Div 3
Div 1 none below 8 seed
Div 2: R8 #10 Anderson (only in Div2)
Div3 R9 #13 Kenston R10 #10 Padua Franciscan
Div4 R13 #13 Buchtel R15 #9 Bishop Ready R16 #13 Clinton Massie #14 Eaton
Div5 R17 #13 Cardinal Mooney
Div 6 none below 8 seed
Div 7 R 25 #10 Lucas
Ratio to total field 9/224 .04 or 4%
Ratio to expansion 8/112 .08 or 8 percent.
So 8 out of 224 get to play 3 extra games, winning 2 of them.
I do predict four might get through round 3 Buchtel Cardinal Mooney. Anderson and Kenston but none will get through Round 4.
these teams played UP schedules largely accounting for their losses and strong tournament performance, a credit to them all.
Div 2 Anderson played 5 Div 1
Div 3 Kenston played 4 Div 2
Div 3 Padua played 4 Div 2
Div 4 Buchtel played 9 higher division schools, 7 Div 2 and 2 Div 3
Div 4 Bishop Ready played 4 Div 3 schools
Div 4 Clinton Massie played 7 higher division schools 3 Div2 and 4 Div 3
Div 5 Mooney played 9 higher division teams 3 D2 2 D3 and 4 D4
Div 7 Lucas played 6 higher division teams. 1 D3 1 D4 and 4 D6
Of course I could be wrong about getting past round 3 we shall see.
But only 8 out of 224 even have a chance.
Making the playoffs doesn’t mean anything. Making a regional final does. That has never changed. The only difference is you have to win an extra game to do it.