Evidence of bias in NCAA tournament selection and seeding
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Managerial and Decision Economics
Volume 31, Issue 7, pages 431–452, October 2010
How to Cite
Coleman, B. J., DuMond, J. M. and Lynch, A. K. (2010), Evidence of bias in NCAA tournament selection and seeding. Manage. Decis. Econ., 31: 431–452. doi: 10.1002/mde.1499
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 19 AUG 2010
We investigate bias in the selection and seeding decisions of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee. Using data on 910 teams associated with the ten tournaments from 1999 to 2008, we test for bias toward teams from seven ‘major’ conferences and six ‘mid-major’ conferences, as well as for bias toward teams represented on the Committee. We find substantial support for the hypothesis of bias in favor of virtually all major and mid-major conferences in selection and/or seeding, as well as evidence of bias toward majors over mid-majors. We also find substantial evidence of bias toward teams with some type of Committee representation. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.