Initially, we were going to go all-time, and Ricky is arguably a one seed in a one-on-one bracket of all-time Hawkeyes. If there was no requirement for take-backs he'd be the favorite to win.
1. The only autobids in a play-in game are in the 16 vs. 16 games.
2. In that bracket, the two play-in games involving at-large teams are 11 vs. 11 and 12 vs. 12.
3. That means the 12 vs. 12 play-in game are the last two at-large teams in the field, and the other three 12 seeds are (presumably) the best of the teams that have to be included as autobids but wouldn't be in the field as at-larges.
I suppose there could be an autobid 12 that would still be one of the last at-large teams in the field were they not a conference champion, and therefore be better-ranked than the play-in teams, but that seems unlikely. After all, they are a 12 only with a conference championship, so would they at-large into the same spot with a bad conference tournament loss or somehow at-large into a 13 seed?
That was my logic. Probably isn't bulletproof.
If it's the coaches -- not the players, the fucking COACHES -- who are shouting, there is nothing positive that is going to come from that handshake line. Get the hell out before one of their guys stomps on Wieskamp's nuts.