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America East Conference women's BB ty site changed

Postby bcbc55 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:21 pm

The America East women's conference tournament which determines who gets the conferences NCAA March Madness " Big Dance" position is changing the site format for next season .

For years the quarter-finals and semi-finals have been held at one site (past 2 years at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Me.) with the championship being held at the site of the higher seeded team in the championship game. This past year it was held in Bangor, Maine at the home court of the UMaine women's team at the Cross Insurance Center as Maine was the higher seeded team at number one.

Next year the format will be like that of the Men's America East Conference Tournament which has ALL the games are/will be played at the home court of the higher seeded team of the two teams in each round game.

This certainly will make the regular season games even more important as that regular season won-lost record will determine which teams get the home games in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and championship game. Home court advantage, not having to travel, and being home will be at stake. instead of no home court advantage, not having to travel and being in familiar surroundings.


For further information of the who, why and when this format was changed just go to the bangordailynews.com sports page for tonight on their online sports news which will appear in tomorrow's edition.
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Re: America East Conference women's BB ty site changed

Postby mainejeff » Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:11 pm

Great for Maine!
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Re: America East Conference women's BB ty site changed

Postby mainah57 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:30 pm

Wow, very interesting!

I'm not sure entirely how I feel about the change (I did enjoy the fun of having all games at a common site... especially if it's somewhere like Portland), but it does give more weight to the regular season and rewards strong regular season performance, which I think is fair.

It also means that (assuming a strong regular season performance for Maine), we could get multiple tournament games hosted in Bangor, which would be a blast would pretty much ensure a packed house.
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Re: America East Conference women's BB ty site changed

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:47 am

America East changes women's basketball tournament format

BANGOR, MAINE (WABI) - The first two rounds of the America East women’s basketball tournament were in Maine the last two years, but next season the higher seeds in each round will be able to host every game.

- http://www.wabi.tv/content/sports/Ameri ... 00673.html
- https://www.foxbangor.com/sports/item/2 ... ing-format
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Re: America East Conference women's BB ty site changed

Postby fafan » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:30 pm

Great news for Maine, not so good for the Cross in Portland.
I can see the day, dreaming a little right now, where when the Men's program improves and host's games as well.
That could make reserving the Cross for potential playoff games a little tricky. I am sure they will not want to hold 6 days open to UMaine for the possibility of hosting a playoff game.
I guess it will be a nice problem to have, such is the difficulty when you don't own your facility, your thoughts Dunbar ;)
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Postby mainejeff » Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:53 pm

How busy is the Cross Center in late February/early March? :roll:
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Re: America East Conference women's BB ty site changed

Postby bcbc55 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:15 pm

mainejeff wrote:How busy is the Cross Center in late February/early March? :roll:


"mainejeff": That is a very good and interesting question. Last season the men's AE ty games were Sat. March 3, Wed. March 7 and Sat. March 10 at 11:00am

The women's championship game at Bangor was on Fri. March 9th at 4:00pm.

MPA state championship games at Bangor was on Friday, March 2nd. Don't know what the date for championship games for the mpa next year for Bangor CIC.

Don't know about other event dates so it could be a problem as Maine will not know the dates until they have home tourney games, if the have them until they play the games and win them.
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Postby thebam » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:02 pm

Seems like this is going to drag the tournament out several more days than actually required. Should be a 3 day event, now it will take a week probably.
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Re: America East Conference women's BB ty site changed

Postby bcbc55 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:18 pm

thebam wrote:Seems like this is going to drag the tournament out several more days than actually required. Should be a 3 day event, now it will take a week probably.


"thebam": Looks like that is how long it took the men's tourney with that format of high seed home games. Saturday to Saturday.
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Re: America East Conference women's BB ty site changed

Postby turkeyman » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:20 pm

This may solve a problem for America East. Geography makes equity difficult. If the pattern were to continue of putting the first two rounds in a different spot every few years, AE would often face a travel issue. For example, UMBC has a new arena. If AE went there next year, it would mean long travel for Maine, UNH, UVM, Lowell and Albany. When Bingo built a new arena, AE went there for two years, and travel from Maine, UNH and UVM was difficult. Portland presented a similar situation for UMBC, Bingo, Stony Brook.

You cannot beat the atmosphere of a tournament, though, especially in a place where people turn out, both fans of the teams and people who don't have a dog in the fight. Attendance at Portland, Hartford and in the old days at UVM was always strong. Makes the house rock. The one time tournament was in the Alfond was similar. A single site always is better if the host is a contender, which it was not at Bingo but was at Hartford, Portland and UVM.

If AE continues with a play-in-game, the tourney would take eight days, if it also insisted on a day off between games for every team. PiG could be on a Monday, which would probably mean no Sunday season-enders as we had this year with Maine-Albany and one or two others. Then, round of eight on Wednesday, semis on Friday and championship on Sunday. Of course, ESPN would have to agree to that, and it seems to like the AE game late on Friday afternoon.

It is possible that AE could move the tourney dates and still finish on a Friday afternoon. AE is among the first dozen or so conferences to finish its tournament. Ivy League, for example, was still playing regular-season games while AE teams were in Portland this March. So, AE could finish regular season on the last Sunday in February (most years), then hold PiG on Friday or Saturday, round of eight on Monday, semis on Wednesday and championship on the Friday before announcement of NCAA seedings and hosts.

Higher-seed hosting may well mean some dismal crowds. If it had happened this year, UNH would have hosted Hartford. Even in a tournament, UNH is lucky to draw as many fans as it does band players and cheerleaders. Tournament play ought to draw more people, but nothing draws people to Durham, as the past three years of really good teams proved. And the 1/8, 2/7 games might not draw really well even when the 1 and 2 are teams that usually draw well, such as Maine and Hartford. Many fans might not want to go to a game every other night for nearly a week, so they avoid the first-round game.

A bit of a gamble for AE, which didn't seem to put a ton of resources into the one-site tournament for the first two rounds, but as several other posters have noted, probably pretty good for Maine for the next few years at least.

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