Northeast Regional teaser

A good size crowd takes in a game during the Northeast Regional high school basketball tournament at Pete Mathews Coliseum on the campus Jacksonville State University.

Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star

One of the things I like about high school basketball is that there's no selection committee, no bracket reveal and (thank goodness) no such thing as "Quadrant games" or "strength of schedule."

If you finish in the top two of your area tournament, you make the sub-regional. If you win a sub-regional game, you go to regionals. If you win there, you go to the Final Four. If you keep winning, you're the state champion.

Each team holds its own fate from the start of the season to the final day.

One of the great strengths (and great weaknesses) of college basketball is the day-to-day race to make the NCAA tournament.

It's galvanizing and fun to see where each team stands. Everything can change by the next day. And the day after that.

But it's also tiring to have bracketologists as the most interesting and watched people late in the season. By the way, why is bracketology even a word?

Don't mistake this as a desire to go back to when the NCAA tournament included only conference champions and semi-deserving independent schools. That stopped in the mid-1970s. In the 1980s, the NCAA finally relented and allowed any school to receive a bid, regardless of how they did in their conference. The tournament really took off then.

In fact, I can't think of anything I'd change about college basketball's tournament setup.

But I still appreciate the high school game, where if you win, you're in. No, really, that's all you have to do. It's not, you win, you're in but only if a guy on a selection committee says so.

Sports Editor Mark Edwards: 256-235-3570. On Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.