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Greg Shaheen answers your geography question

Greg Shaheen played a major role in running the NCAA Tournament for 12 years before leaving the NCAA. He is on Twitter and apparently took many questions from people who, like myself, found it odd that top-seeded Wichita State could potentially be placed at a geographic disadvantage (primarily by playing games closer to Kentucky than Kansas) against lower-seeded teams.

Shaheen, on Twitter, explains that the committee only geographically protects the top seed in its first game.The true seedlist (http://t.co/oSjdA2xBPJ) feeds the bracket. The committee protects the first 4 lines (16 tms) for 1st game ONLY.

— Greg Shaheen (@gashaheen) March 18, 2014

As a result, who a team (in many questions today, Wichita St) plays after its 1st game isn’t considered. And it makes sense…

— Greg Shaheen (@gashaheen) March 18, 2014

It is why the committee doesn’t set match-ups of mentor/ protege, father/son, Libra/Virgo. First game protection only for first 16 teams.

— Greg Shaheen (@gashaheen) March 18, 2014

The rest is rightfully decided on the court. L0gically, the top teams for the season should be able to compete anywhere against anyone.

— Greg Shaheen (@gashaheen) March 18, 2014

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