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Indianapolis (AF) – The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee has announced changes to its bracketing procedures for national championship tournaments, which will take effect in 2012. According to committee chair Marilyn McNeil, athletic director at Monmouth University, the revised procedures “will refocus the tournament on women’s basketball’s roots.”

Under the new procedures, the tournament seeding process will be based closely on geographical considerations. To ensure this focus, teams selected for the tournament will be placed in regions based on their distances from regional sites and then will be ranked from 1 to 16 within each region. In most cases, this will mean that teams will be assigned to the closest regional sites, and to the subregionals based on their distance from the subregional sites.

For instance, according to Dr. McNeil, if the rules had applied to this year’s tournament, Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma, Stetson and Utah would have been moved to the Dallas region, while Green Bay, Michigan State, Rutgers, West Virginia and Northern Iowa would have been moved out. This year’s subregional in Cincinnati would have included Bowling Green, Louisville, Notre Dame and Xavier.

“We’re always looking at ways to increase attendance at regional sites,” said Dr. McNeil.

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but Charlie’s blog entry: Top seeds obvious; focus still on Big 12

Mel picks up the tournament theme with The Hunt For 33 NCAA At-Large Bids

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Long Range Forecast: UConn Likely In Philly For Sweet 16

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