The No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament just gained even more value.
Now, the team chosen as the No. 1 overall seed will get to choose where it plays its first two games of the big dance, according to CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander.
This adds another perk to being deemed the best team in the country entering March Madness. Teams in contention for the No. 1 overall seed will submit their preferred destination among the eight host sites in advance of Selection Sunday, according to Norlander.
This season’s first and second round tournament sites are Buffalo, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Tulsa, Orlando and Sacramento.
An example: If Indiana was in contention for the top seed, it would likely request Indy as its preferred destination for the first two rounds. Wisconsin would likely pick Milwaukee as its preferred spot.
The NCAA also announced its selection committee will continue to weigh a regular season championship in the same respect as a conference tournament championship, per the request of the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ committee.
The NABC has also requested the NCAA look into a more sophisticated and all-encompassing ranking metric other than RPI. A change isn’t likely to come in that regard for at least another year, according to Norlander.