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Pros and cons of double-elimination format in Big 12 Baseball Tournament

BY JOHN HELSLEY Modified: May 23, 2011 at 1:03 am •  Published: May 23, 2011
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The Pros:

* It's more true to the format that rules college baseball – from best-of-3 regular season series, to regional and College World Series play.

* No more meaningless games, which was the major drawback of pool play.

* It's designed as a better test of a complete team, with benches and pitching depth in higher demand.

The Cons

* Teams secure in their postseason position that fall into the loser's bracket often cut bait and prepare for the next stage of the season, opting not to wear themselves out.

* The schedule for fans is always in flux, depending on who wins and loses. And with games lasting deep into the night/morning, it can be the next day before fans know when their favorite squad is playing next.

* Two if-necessary games tentatively scheduled for Saturday – meaning there might or might not be games. And we won't know until Saturday afternoon.