Originally Posted by Will Wilson
I thought it was random draw based on your seeding group (ie 8-16 seeds)?
No, it's not a random draw. The 16 seeded teams host regionals, unless they don't have a facility that can accomodate it (most do). The next 16 teams, in the 17-32 group are assigned to regionals, and travel distance does play into the decision. So on for the 33-48 group and the 49-64 group.
Just because Columbus is the closest regional to Minnesota doesn't necessarily mean the Gophers will end up there, especially since Illinois and Indiana are both considered locks to get in right now.
It's just the the chances of being sent to Florida or L.A. are lower than being sent to Columbus, Lexington, or Knoxville.