If you’ve followed Bracketology for a while, you probably know that a team that hosts a regional has to be placed there if it’s selected for the NCAA tournament.
But what if there are multiple hosts? That has come into play this season.
The 2016 NCAA East Regional at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., is being hosted by ECAC Hockey, Union and Rensselaer. Only one of the teams, however, can be designated as the host for selection purposes.
ECAC Hockey had to make the call for this situation, and it gave the nod to Union.
Assistant commissioner Ed Krajewski said it was Union’s turn to be the primary host at an Albany regional, which means it takes the lead on staffing the event.
So in the event that both Union and Rensselaer make the field of 16 (an unlikely scenario at the moment, but you never know) and are on the same seeding band, Union will get to stay in Albany and Rensselaer will have to go elsewhere.