Everyone in projecting Gonzaga to play in Spokane (their home city) for their 1st 2 rounds of the Tourney .
I was of the assumption you couldn’t be placed in your home city, which is why we cant play in the south region (tons of south region games in houston) …i just read the rules, you can play in your home city…you just cant be the host…hosts cant play in the places their hosting.
Idaho is for some reason the host of the Spokane, Washington games (not Washington or gonzaga who is in Spokane Washington)
It ended up in our favor this year… Baylor is the best team in college basketball, they are almost a lock for the south region. We are almost guaranteed to not play the top team unless its a final 4…but if we end up a 8 seed (like many are projecting), we could end up playing gonzaga in their home city weekend 1…
but for future seasons, is there any benefit to hosting? money? favor? camps?..if not isnt it better just to make rice the host, and take the chance of a home court advantage in the tourney
Random side note: there is a lot of easy final 4 trips from houston if we ever get there in the future… this year 2020 (atlanta)…2022 (new orleans), 2023 (houston) 2025 (san antonio)… we could have a pretty big contingent if we by chance make it in any of those years