FLEX SEEDING is an innovative method to bracket the state boys and girls basketball tournaments. By using a flexible bracketing process rather than a true S-curve, critical geographic integrity is protected. Mock brackets were produced using existing regional assignments. Teams were ranked by KPI, and then assigned districts and seeds by solving for the shortest distance traveled while maintaining competitive balance. Teams could move up or down one-half of one seed line in order to assist with geography.
In each district semifinals, the following match-ups would occur (if fewer than 7 teams are in a district, the opponent earns a bye):
#1 Seed vs. #4 Seed/#5 Seed Winner
#2 Seed/#7 Seed Winner vs. #3 Seed/#6 Seed Winner
The following rankings have no affiliation with the MHSAA and are not currently being used to seed or bracket the MHSAA State Tournament. Only scores reported for games vs. opponents also participating in the state tournament are counted. Margin of victory has no factor. Discrepancies in win-loss records are likely caused by games vs. teams not participating in the state tournament and/or results not submitted.
- In the 2017-18 Boys Model, there was a net increase of only 0.9 miles traveled per school. 87% of teams would be in the same or a closer district than they were in 2018 (78% would be in the same district, 9% would be in a closer district).
- In the 2017-18 Girls Model, there was a net increase of only 0.7 miles traveled per school. 88% of teams would be in the same or a closer district than they were in 2018 (77% would be in the same district, 11% would be in a closer district).
(Note: a previous version of this article identified data for “2017” models. This has been updated to reflect the 2017-18 season models).
KPI Rankings for the 2017-18 can be found here: