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Did the selection committee set up specific games in 2014 NCAA Tournament? (VIDEO)

Mar 25, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT

The 2014 NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed on Selection Sunday, and the field included some intriguing matchups in the Round of 64.

Rick Pitino would face his former player and assistant coach Steve Masiello in the the Midwest Region while Ohio State, which does not play in-state opponent Dayton during the regular season, got slated against the Flyers in the South Region.

Looking ahead, you could see potential games such as Wichita State putting its undefeated record on the line against Kentucky in the Round of 32. That matchup did become a reality and the Wildcats prevailed on Sunday and advanced to play rival Louisville in the Sweet 16 on Friday night in Indianapolis.

This gave Dan Patrick reason to question the selection committee on Tuesday morning during his radio show. On the final hour of his program, Greg Shaheen, the former executive vice president of championships and alliances for the NCAA, called in to dispute Patrick’s conspiracy theory.

  1. peopletrains - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Yes, it couldn’t have been more obvious. They tried awfully hard too by under seeding teams like Louisville and Kentucky to make it happen.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Uh, Louisville WAS underseeded…

      Kentucky was NOT underseeded…

  2. musketmaniac - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Mob hit

  3. jrebar88 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    It’s no secret. They’ve done it the two previous tournaments with UNC and KU. Starting to get ridiculous.

  4. stoutfiles - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Dan Patrick (Dan Pugh as he was called back then) is a Dayton alum. So of course he would focus on that game.

  5. big3kansas11 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    It’s no secret that Television revenue is the driving force behind the NCAA Tournament. So the Selection Committee it seems the majority of the time gives tougher paths to teams that have smaller fan bases or are situated in a smaller regional market. They certainly make it harder for some teams to accomplish big things in the Tournament. I think an exception can be made for the Butler Bulldogs, because they’re situated in a large city “Indianapolis” so there’s not much to worry about for the NCAA in terms of losing TV revenue because of lower ratings in the games that Butler plays in.

    The Selection Committee stacked the Mid-West regional for a number of possible reasons. 1. they had a since of humor and abide by Gregg Marshall’s words “bring it on” when talking about how hard it is to fairly schedule upper tier BCS conference teams. Or 2. The Selection Committee thought that it would rake in the money if Wichita State slayed perennial team after perennial team, and if they happened to fail at that, then it wouldn’t matter because the regional is so stacked that you’d have the likes of Kentucky’s facing Louisville’s, Duke’s, Michigan’s, all teams that have larger markets than Wichita State. I don’t think they had an idea of how large of a TV audience Wichita State would attract though. People tuned in to watch undefeated Wichita State play more than they tuned in to watch them play Kentucky. Switch Kentucky with Duke, Michigan or whoever and it’s the same, the majority of America tuned in to watch Wichita State continue it’s historic season, the opponent they were playing didn’t matter as much. Too bad the Selection Committee shot themselves in the foot with that one. Because America can no longer tune in to watch another Wichita State game. Yeah, the Kentucky and Wichita State game was a good game, but it doesn’t belong in the 3rd round of the tournament.

    The Selection Committee can deny the various allegations or questions all they want, and the majority of America will probably believe them, because the word conspiracy is a taboo word in America. Throw out the word conspiracy and people cringe and think “I don’t want to be on the side that believes some sort of collusion might be happening behind closed doors for reasons of finance and profit, because I don’t want to be labeled some nutty conspiracy kook”. The Selection Committee is going to do what they’re going to do, and for the most part I don’t have a problem with that. But they went way overboard this season and made it too obvious for anyone who isn’t naive as the average person, and that’s like laying a big fat turd on their own beds. They wanna crap in their own beds and sleep in it, because that’s exactly what they’ve done this year.

    They’ve just made the argument stronger that Student Athletes should be collecting pay checks because of what the pulled this year. If their gonna screw some kid’s dreams of achieving success in one of the years biggest sporting events, the least they could do is pay them, when it’s becoming more obvious by the year how much money the NCAA generates off student athletes, most of whom will never go on to make a living out of the sport they played. The very best for the average student is that they can find a team overseas to play on to make a halfway decent living. The committee can screw over fans, coaches and even themselves, but when you get down to it, they’re screwing over student athletes more than anyone else.

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