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Major Conference Bias and the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

@article{Kuethe2008MajorCB,
  title={Major Conference Bias and the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament},
  author={Todd Kuethe and Timothy E. Zimmer},
  journal={Economics Bulletin},
  year={2008},
  volume={12},
  pages={1-6}
}
The following paper examines the potential bias by the NCAA men's basketball selection committee in favor of major conferences. Employing data from the 1997 – 2006 tournaments, we find evidence for bias in the tournament seeding of teams from the six power conferences when judged against the remaining mid-major and minor conferences. More specifically, the analysis indicates members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) are seeded two positions higher (better) than the model would predict. In… 

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