CCIW retains four-team men's tourney format
Presidents of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin's eight member schools voted this week to retain the CCIW's current four-team postseason men's basketball tournament format, defeating a proposal by coaches to schedule a "play-in date" involving all of the league's teams.
The coaches, supported by the conference's athletics directors, proposed using one of each school's permissible 25 regular-season games for the purpose of qualifying for the postseason tournament. Because CCIW teams play a 14-game round-robin league schedule during the regular season, teams would have been expected to play one less nonconference game.
Under the current tournament format, the top four teams from regular-season play advance to the tournament and are seeded based on their finish in the standings. The proposal essentially would have given all eight teams an opportunity to play for the postseason title.
"For a variety of reasons, the presidents agreed that the proposed format would impact the conference in a negative manner and chose to defeat the play-in date proposal," said CCIW Commissioner Chris Martin. "The ultimate authority for the operation of all facets of the conference rests with our chief executive officers and, in this case, the group disagreed with the coaches and athletics directors."
The CCIW created its four-team tournament, which determines the recipient of its automatic berth in the Division III Men's Basketball Championship, in 2006
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