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Selection Sunday promises more controversy than ever after season of COVID-19 turmoil

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Selection Sunday is shaping up to be the most controversial ever.

The NCAA Tournament selection committee briefly takes center stage during March Madness, often to be ridiculed and criticized by men’s college basketball programs, coaches and fanbases for its decisions on teams’ seeds and notable omissions from the field of 68. 

Following an unprecedented regular season amid a global pandemic, the job of the 10-member committee made up of athletics directors and conference commissioners figures to be all the more difficult — and, subsequently, debatable. 

Starting the 2020-21 season amid the height of the pandemic and then accommodating safety protocols for COVID-19 has led to massive scheduling conflicts, with week-long postponements and month-long breaks for some teams due to positive tests and contact tracing. 

The result? The selection committee will be judging apples vs. oranges as some teams have played more games, some have stronger NET scores with fewer games and some have had to compete without key players, out because of COVID-19 protocols.



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