Re: D1 Nationals
The whole idea is to get all of the BEST teams at nationals. If you transplant ASU to another region you would see them with a much better record. I completely agree with the decision to give ASU a bid. Even Arizona with their 0-24 record would surprise some teams. They could have definitely been one of the better D2 teams. I'm not sure why they didn't go D2 but I would guess that it doesn't make a lot of sense geographically for them to be D2 in WCRHL with ASU and UNLV being the closest schools to them.
Look at NCAA Basketball for example, There are teams with pretty mediocre records from very competitive leagues that get bids over teams with great records in lesser leagues. It's all just very difficult to see clearly and the best way to help your cause is to travel out of your region to give the board a better feel for how you stack up nationally.
Given the information the board has, I think they did a pretty solid job with the bids this year. It's always tough for those teams that are right on the bubble but it happens every year and there is no way to make everyone happy. I don't think that reducing the number of bids will do anything to help. If anything it will make it worse with even more deserving teams missing out. University of Miami is also a perfect example of a .500 "bubble" team that obviously deserved to be at nationals last year. Bottom line is that you can't exclude a team just because they have a below average record in a competitive league.
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