So I just saw the pools...and al I can say is wow! I thought I'd share my thought on the advantages and disadvantages for these top 4 teams in MSU, LU, UMSL and Buffalo.
Advantages: So yea your paying a lot of money to attend the event in San Jose to play... so why not play against the top talent instead of beating up on teams.
-The top four teams want to prove who the best is...so this is another chance even though all these teams played in Chicago a few months back. This is like another interregional event but at the national tourney where the stakes are huge.
-God forbid something happens in the round robin or in the sweet 16...one of these top 4 teams may lose...and not have the chance to play against the top 3 other teams to prove themselves... so it lets them control their destiny in the round robin.
All these teams are so close in talent and any team could win on any night. These games between the top 4 teams are going to exciting to watch don't get me wrong...however...these games don't really help these teams chances of winning the championship at all...only hurt...and this is why.
Disadvantages (which I think outweigh the advantages): These 4 teams are going to seriously beat up on one another and let loose a ton of energy and legs in the round robin itself...before the games truly mean anything. If you saw the interregional they played in chicago...all four teams got pretty beat up come the end of the weekend. For those who have played in the national tournament before... you'd know that the round robin means nothing if your one of the top teams in the country...all that matters is once you get out of the robin and into the single elimination games. I sense that these four teams may not have their best stuff come the elite 8 games and on. If the teams were smart they would just play all their guys in the round robin games and not worry about what the outcomes are because either way there getting a top seed.