A committee with a centralized focus on how to seed teams in March Madness has succumbed to adjustments following discrepancies in the 2015 tournament.
The concern arises over the seeding the second-best overall teams in each region and the probability of competing with the region’s Superman – in the 2015 tournament, it was certain that Kentucky would showdown with Wisconsin in the same region. To delineate from such complications, the committee responsible for next year’s seeding will be permitted to transfer a region’s number two seed to another region, if a similar problem to the Kentucky-Wisconsin occurs.
Oklahoma’s athletic director and next year’s tournament supervisor, Joseph R. Castiglione, addressed competitive balance:
“This change doesn’t mean we are going to a true S-Curve but if we can achieve it, or come closer to having more competitive balance on the top two lines without compromising our existing principles and without putting a team at a great disadvantage, we will consider it”.
The second phase of re-adjusting the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament is outlawing unfair match-ups in reference to UCLA’s position in the 2015 tournament.
Despite being listed as an 11th seed, UCLA was still barred from participation in the First Four.
As a result, the committee will be able to implement changes if they deem a team incompetent over the other seven teams within the First Four (2015 First Four – BYU/Ole Miss, Hampton/Manhattan, Boise State/Dayton, North Florida/Robert Morris).
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