Since I first wrote this, T-16th Georgia (host of a Regional) and 35th New Hampshire, both announced they will not be competing in their Conference Championships tomorrow... which means UGA will not be Seeded (top-16) and UNH will most likely not qualify to Regionals. Since UGA won't be seeded, there are currently no "paired hosts".
(Internet, or ESPN app, LIVE broadcast of Days 2 & 3 on ESPN3.)
Hosts: Alabama (Tuscaloosa), Georgia (Athens), Utah (West Valley City), & West Virginia (Morgantown). (Utah moved Regionals from Huntsman to the Maverick Center for more social distancing for the athletes.) From the ESPN3 schedule it looks like they are all at 1:00pm & 7:00pm on Friday 4/2 and 7:00pm Saturday 4/3 ... LOCAL Daylight Time!?
(The NCAA Manual linked below says 3pm Thursday, 2pm & 7pm Friday, & 7pm Saturday.)
Seeds: Top-16, ... 4 to each Regional.
With current rankings ... the Utah Regional could be ... #3 Michigan, #6 Utah, #11 ASU, & #14 Kentucky! The April 2nd Afternoon Session Utah & ASU +2 teams, and Evening Session Michigan & Kentucky + 2 teams … top two from each session advance to the Saturday April 3rd Finals.
Remaining 20 teams: 5 to each Regional, “by geography”, as in the past and maybe more so? The two lowest ranked of the 5 compete on Thursday in the “Play-in meet.
“Play-in” on Thursday April 1st: The 8th & 9th “seeds” at each Regional compete to reach Day 2 “semi-finals”. (There are no rules that say these teams are ranked #29 to #36 ... although they were in the 1st year of this format in 2019.)
The Play-in teams for the Utah Regional could be Nebraska, Arizona, or Washington, especially if two of them end between #29 & #36 ... otherwise it’s anyone’s guess.
Winner advances to the Friday April 2nd evening session.
Teams #17 to #36: For the Utah Regional there are currently 4 of these teams in “this region” … #19 Boise State, #20 SUU, #21 Utah State, and #24 OSU; then #37 Arizona & #41 UW if they qualify! (Others that could be considered in the “region”, central time zone ... T-#16 Illinois, #18 Iowa, #22 Iowa State, #23 Missouri, and #35 Nebraska.)
IF they place teams #17 to #36 purely by Geography ... Utah will be the toughest Regional by light-years!! That’s my guess for OSU with the current rankings, ... depending on any changes in ranking seeding, I would think they would move one or more of those #17-#24 teams “out of region”!
Of course the rankings will change after Conference Championships, ... OSU is very unlikely to be Top-16 Seed as currently a 197.675 would be needed, at Pac-12s, to pass the current NQS of the two teams tied at #16.
Arizona (#37) and UW (#41) both have a reasonable chance of qualifying to Regionals ... with “just” a 196.000 their NQSs would put them at #29 & #31 respectively, compared to current NQSs (Arizona’s highs are 196.075A/196.000H, UW’s highs are 196.525H/196.025A... if every team above & below them also scored a 196.000... UAriz would be #33 … but UW would be #37!).
(In previous seasons you could determine a potential high & low rank for each team because the High Score was dropped from the RQS/NQS calculation... now that is not possible … as all but one team from #18 to #41 could theoretically be a Top-16 Seed with a score of 200.00 this weekend.)
This, from 2019, is still the procedure for Individuals to qualify to Nationals..
(One AAder and 4 Event Specialists advance from each of the four Regionals.)
Further Reading (although adding little to the above):
NCAA 2021 Pre-Championships Manual – PDF.
(Championships “format”: pg 14 of 30 of PDF; Seeding/Pairing Guidelines: pg 21/22 of 30 of PDF.)
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