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    https://twitter.com/NABC1927/status/1121076098241048576


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    Only one current Central Region team has won a National Title south of the Mason Dixon line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wscsuperfan View Post
    The question is, which game will Augie be in, the DI game or the DII game?

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    So will Elite 8 still be in Evansville or will that be moved to Atlanta as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wscsuperfan View Post
    https://twitter.com/NABC1927/status/1121076098241048576

    That is a great idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollStangs View Post
    So will Elite 8 still be in Evansville or will that be moved to Atlanta as well?
    Pure guess that Elite 8 and Final Four in Evansville with championship game approx. a week later in Atlanta.

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    Well, while the exposure is cool it's kind of a bummer. Likely a giant arena with faint chants echoing. I cant speak for everyone but pretty much rules out going to a national title game if the Wolves were to ever reach that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NWHoops View Post
    Pure guess that Elite 8 and Final Four in Evansville with championship game approx. a week later in Atlanta.
    Looks that way

    Saturday: Division I Final Four (Falcons stadium)
    Sunday: Division II and Division III championship games (Hawks arena)
    Monday: Division I championship (Falcons stadium)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSU4LIFE View Post
    Well, while the exposure is cool it's kind of a bummer. Likely a giant arena with faint chants echoing. I cant speak for everyone but pretty much rules out going to a national title game if the Wolves were to ever reach that point.
    Speaking as someone who experienced the excitement of the final four weekend recently in Minneapolis...I think the overall excitement of that weekend (and all such related festivities) may actually make the overall experience better for all (fans, players and coaches). Maybe I will be proven wrong as the actual championship game will lose too much of the excitement being in the large nba stadium and outweigh the rest. May get more fans to travel to D2/D3 championship game if they can make bigger weekend travel event out of it??

    While in Minneapolis for final four weekend I did actually think that it would be great if the d2 players/fans could also experience the championship basketball atmosphere. Many of the d2/d3 coaches were in town anyway for coaching conferences etc. It truly is the epicenter of basketball in the world (they also had top international nba high school academy teams playing games at convention center, celebrity games at St. Thomas, etc.) for those few days. I even thought the MN high school association should have tried to have their state tournament games at same time down and around the excitement.

    If successful, I could see d2 and d3 expand in future to making it also a final 4 weekend for each division at same time...
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    Didn't this happen the year Drury and Metro State played? (2012? 2013?) Would be interested to hear what a fan of either team thought of that experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    Didn't this happen the year Drury and Metro State played? (2012? 2013?) Would be interested to hear what a fan of either team thought of that experience.
    2013. According to the NCAA release, D2 drew its largest crowd since '71, and D3 had an all-time attendance record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moorhead123 View Post
    I even thought the MN high school association should have tried to have their state tournament games at same time down and around the excitement.
    Shortage of hotel space would be a major reason.

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    If they do it like 2013, you would have basically a week to plan a trip to Atlanta after the semifinals. Considering hotel and travel will probably already be at a premium because of the Final Four, that seems less than ideal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrifFan View Post
    If they do it like 2013, you would have basically a week to plan a trip to Atlanta after the semifinals. Considering hotel and travel will probably already be at a premium because of the Final Four, that seems less than ideal.
    I would hope that Division II/III would have hotel blocks reserved in advance ready for whatever schools make the games to just slide in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moorhead123 View Post
    Speaking as someone who experienced the excitement of the final four weekend recently in Minneapolis...I think the overall excitement of that weekend (and all such related festivities) may actually make the overall experience better for all (fans, players and coaches). Maybe I will be proven wrong as the actual championship game will lose too much of the excitement being in the large nba stadium and outweigh the rest. May get more fans to travel to D2/D3 championship game if they can make bigger weekend travel event out of it??

    While in Minneapolis for final four weekend I did actually think that it would be great if the d2 players/fans could also experience the championship basketball atmosphere. Many of the d2/d3 coaches were in town anyway for coaching conferences etc. It truly is the epicenter of basketball in the world (they also had top international nba high school academy teams playing games at convention center, celebrity games at St. Thomas, etc.) for those few days. I even thought the MN high school association should have tried to have their state tournament games at same time down and around the excitement.

    If successful, I could see d2 and d3 expand in future to making it also a final 4 weekend for each division at same time...
    Oh, I'm not trying to make it sound like it will be bad. Someone shared info that it may turn out to be better attendance and all. My thought is absolutely skewed by the way we packed the Pentagon. If it was in Evansville, naturally that many probably wouldnt have made it. Now you move it to say Atlanta and very few can make that sort of haul let alone I dont they'd block off rooms for the two schools that make it. Most people would be there for the D1 and buy tickets well in advance regardless of who is playing, not to mention the price hike. For the men and women playing, I'm sure it will be awesome though.

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    I guess I might the only guy opposed to this.

    From a fan's perspective, bad.

    Let's say SMSU makes it to the Elite Eight for the 3rd time. Under the prior set up. I get in a car or a plane for 3-4 days and got to one hotel and spent a few days in a neat place seeing the sights and watching basketball.

    Now, under the new proposal, a guy has to decide if he wants to go to the first tournament (still a plane ride or long care ride away) - unless it is in Sioux Falls at the Pentagon which would be super -- and then if they get to the finals, I need to again rearrange my schedule at work and make a second plane ride and second bunch of hotels rooms ( a helluva lot more expensive in the Final Four than say Evansville or Sioux Falls). Not thanks.

    I have solid disposable income and great job flexibility and this won't happen with me. Not fan friendly deal, but hey, that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanger86 View Post
    I would hope that Division II/III would have hotel blocks reserved in advance ready for whatever schools make the games to just slide in.

    The rooms may be reserved, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be Final Four expensive. I’m sure the airlines will get their pound of flesh on last-minute flights to the FF city as well.

    Neat deal for the student-athletes, neat deal for the fans who have the wherewithal to go, but puts most fans in a tough spot.

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    As a fan who’s been to all 12 of NW’s title games I’d much rather drive to Evansville again than fly to Atlanta and deal with the airport/traffic hotel issue etc

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    I'd rather have the focus be on the level that I was watching. The focus will not be on the D3 or the D2 title games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NWFanatic View Post
    As a fan who’s been to all 12 of NW’s title games I’d much rather drive to Evansville again than fly to Atlanta and deal with the airport/traffic hotel issue etc
    So what about the other d2 fans that live closer to Atlanta than Evansville or Sioux Falls and could drive rather than fly. I guess the locations seem to rotate so the drive versus fly argument doesn’t really matter to me as there were probably plenty of Point Loma (San Diego) fans that didn’t care much for the Evansville location this year.

    More expensive hotels...probably true...but in larger cities like Atlanta should be a lot of rooms at various different prices.

    Less focus on d2 and d3 games...maybe true...but if more fans actually make the trip because of more festivities larger city with more to do than maybe not as big an issue.

    Keep open mind maybe you will be surprised...as hot as NW program is, you may get to compare next year with a more definitive position on the old way versus the new.

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