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Barring a miracle, it doesn’t matter this year, but there’s a small, but growing movement to do away with the committee that selects the field for the NCAA invitational tournament. The criteria is murky and quite frankly, the selection criteria actually results in the average fan watching less basketball. The current process encourages back room bargaining, politicking, the flawed ‘eye test” and tuning into the selection show on Sunday.
But the bottom line is, if you want to screw someone over - what better way to do it than have heavily subjective criteria.
On the other hand, a good analytical model - like the NET or Kenpom would have you watching as much basketball as possible and turn the journey to the tournament and associated seeding into something closer to the stock market. Fans of all teams would have reasons to watch lotsa basketball and we would add transparency to a process built to hide it.
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