Starting with 2017’s March Madness Tournament, the NCAA announced that the field’s number one overall seed would get to select the host sites for their first- and second-round matchup, per Matt Norlander of CBS Sports.
“Preferences would be communicated by teams in contention for the overall No. 1 seed far in advance of Selection Sunday in a process to be determined,” said the NCAA in a statement about the rule change. Although the number one overall seed will select where they play, the committee still rules on the seeding and who plays who; the committee will also select the cities where the three other one seeds play in.
All teams who are vying for the top seed will choose from Buffalo, Milwaukee, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Greensboro, Indianapolis, Tulsa, and Sacramento, and they’ll then give those picks to the tournament committee.
For example, Kansas, who was last tourney’s overall seed, would most likely travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma as it’s just a four-hour drive from Lawrence, Kansas.
The odds of this severely impacting the tournament are very, very slim. Never in the history of March Madness has a 16 seed defeated a one seed, and with this new system that gives a bit of homecourt advantage, it seems even less likely now.