Sports fans have been transfixed by the NCAA March Madness tournament this year with the exciting mix of upsets and intriguing matchups but today one radio show host has questioned whether the showpiece of college basketball is one big fix.
Dan Patrick discussed on his show today whether the selection committee had handpicked individual matchups because they would do better on television or because they would be deemed more watchable.
Patrick used the case of Kentucky being seeded lower than expected and Dayton matching up against local rival, Ohio State in the second round.
"Ohio State won't schedule Dayton, so I'm like ok... The selection committee have a sense of humor. You want to have good TV ratings...You could massage this a little bit." Patrick said on his show earlier today.
However, former vice president of the NCAA, Greg Shaheen called into the show to confirm that no fixing of matchups happen:
"There's so many different coaching trees and relationships between teams...I can only speak for the years I was involved in putting it together...And I can assure you it didn't happen."
Kentucky's eight seed has been viewed as suspicious by some analysts and after they defeated Wichita State who come from a small market to play Louisville, a matchup that most basketball fans would love to see, some eyebrows were raised.
There were also a number of matchups and possible matchups which included coaches going against assistants, such as in the Manhattan-Lousiville matchup or with local matchups such as Nebraska-Creighton.
However, Shaheen stated that this does not happen and that good matchups usually manufacture themselves throughout the tournament. He also said that the NCAA has a very transparent way of operating the selection procedure.
You can view the whole clip of the show, courtesy of CollegeBasketballTalk here.