The Washington D.C. “State” Playoffs have begun, the twelve teams in the bracket have earned their way to this point. It’s been an exciting season throughout all of the conferences. There are several teams in this bracket that made the Washington Post’s top 20, which only means the last team standing should cement it’s status as one of the area’s best.
The First round concluded last night with only one upset, the eighth seed fell to the ninth seed. Coolidge beat McKinley 53 to 44, to advance to the second round where they will face the Number one seed, St. Johns. As a one seed, it is easy to assume that St. Johns won their conference title. No one would be upset with anyone who came to that conclusion, the issue being that it is incorrect. While they are a very good team, dominant at times with an overall record of 26-3, they fell to Paul the Sixth in the WCAC Championship game. There is no issue with them being in the tournament or even receiving a first round bye, the question is how does a team earn the number one seed if they didn’t win their Conference Championship?
How about H.D. Woodson, a terrific team with an overall record of 20-4? A balanced scoring attack led them to a 20 win season, getting 20 wins is remarkable in itself. Woodson received a first round bye in the state tournament as the fourth seed, they finished second in the DCIAA. Where is the harm in their seeding? Well, they finished second to Theodore Roosevelt in the DCIAA. Roosevelt won the regular season title as well as the Conference Championship beating Woodson 77-50. Roosevelt did in fact make the field, as a five seed. Their record of 21-6 was not deemed good enough to earn a higher seed, almost as if the Conference Championship did not mean a thing.
The point here isn’t to bash the DCSAA, but to bring to light a minor flaw that can be easily corrected. It is the student athletes that suffer, it’s an awful precedent to set when teams aren’t properly rewarded for their hard work. To win the regular season title, to win the Conference Championship, only to not be rewarded with a top three seed. These players put an awful lot into the programs, some teams are playing 20 plus games while others are playing 25 plus games. The least that can be done is to reward the teams accordingly when it comes time to playoff seeding. Those are just a few examples, it is a little more clear in College Basketball as to why teams are ranked where they are. Conference Records, Strength of Schedule, RPI are just a few of the variables come tournament time. On this level, in high school it is a bit much to expect a team’s RPI or Strength of schedule to factor into seeding.
While it is understandable that inclement weather altered the regular season schedule, it still doesn’t explain two teams with inferior records in said regular season having a higher seeding than the team that won the regular season outright. As you can see above, @AllMetSports was a bit puzzled at the seeding as well.
What should be considered is if a team wins their conference in regular season play, or even if they pull a “Cinderella” story and limp into the Conference Tournament just to go on an amazing run resulting in a Championship. The second round of the State Tournament begins tonight, with the Championship to be played on Thursday at the Verizon Center. Who will come out victorious?
What do you think of the seeding in the D.C. State Tournament? Who do you have cutting down the nets next Thursday? Share your thoughts below!