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PrepsNow Podcast: should basketball regional format change?

Garner’s Alex Reed (25) puts up a shot over the defense of Millbrook's Robert Brown (5) during the NCHSAA east regional final between Garner and Millbrook in Fayetteville, NC, on Sunday, March 7, 2015. Garner won the game 84-81 and Reed was named the tournament MVP.
Garner’s Alex Reed (25) puts up a shot over the defense of Millbrook's Robert Brown (5) during the NCHSAA east regional final between Garner and Millbrook in Fayetteville, NC, on Sunday, March 7, 2015. Garner won the game 84-81 and Reed was named the tournament MVP. newsobserver.com

The N.C. High School Athletic Association has been mulling over what to do with its basketball playoff format over the last two years. A change to the regional format – which schedules weeklong games at two sites in one city with the regional finals on Saturday – seems inevitable.

The winter weather put some of the regional’s flaws on display.

It just wasn’t flexible enough.

Nonetheless, having neutral court games for the fourth and fifth rounds of the basketball playoffs seems necessary, if for no reason other than to ensure fans aren’t getting turned away at the door because a smaller gym has been sold out.

The NCHSAA has a tough task in figuring out what to do next, and in this week’s PrepsNow Podcast we discuss things that could change and the work that could go into those changes.

We hope you’re enjoying the PrepsNow Podcast. Here is a link to our first one.

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