Originally Posted by U-Dub Gamecock
I'm really not sure how it goes, but I know for basketball, we will not get consideration to host ( due to the Elephant in the room)...
Right now, we are a projected 2 seed, but they have us in the West Lafayette Regional ( against #7 Purdue)... IMO, a 2 seed should not have to play a damn road game in the 2nd round of the tourney.
The current system is a "bid" type system. Before the season, cities/schools can place a bid to host a regional and 16 are given out. Many times you will see schools that know they have legitimate chances of making the tournament place a bid to host hoping to gain a home court advantage in the tournament. One of the most extreme recent examples I can remember was #1 seed Stanford playing #16 seed Hampton in Hampton, VA a couple years back in the first round.
Even if the host school doesn't make the tournament, they will still be a host. So in your example, even if Purdue tanked to end the season and missed the tourney, West Lafayette would still host a regional. Because these sites are based on bids and not merit, South Carolina is ineligible to host based on the flag rule.
But as Luke said, they're getting rid of this system soon. Until then, our best hope is to get placed into a regional that is completely neutral court so we don't get a home court disadvantage against a lower seed.