While watching the NCAA selection show on Sunday afternoon I was extremely confused as to why Memphis and Oklahoma are playing in Kansas City for the first two rounds of the NCAA tourney instead of KU and Mizzou. Both teams were more than deserving of playing close to home. KU won the regular season outright and is coming off a NCAA title just last year, while Mizzou is obviously playing very well down the stretch including a Big 12 Tournament Championship. So the committee decided to send both the regular season champ and the post-season tourney champ to far away locations. The committee sent Oklahoma to Kansas City over both KU and Mizzou. Oklahoma has lost 4 of 6 games, and two of those games were to Mizzou and KU. How do you give them the Kansas City location? It makes no sense. Also, if you are trying to keep teams close to home, why not send Memphis to Minneapolis and keep both KU and Mizzou at the Sprint Center in KC. It is 8 hours to KC from Memphis and 12 hours to Minneapolis. Any Memphis fan who travels the 8 hours to KC would go the extra 4 hours to get to Minneapolis.
Think of the atmosphere in KC if both KU and Mizzou were there. It would be off the charts as far as first and second rounds go.
The only thing I can think of is the committee recognized that many more hotel rooms would be used if Oklahoma and Memphis were in KC over KU and Mizzou. Obviously the economic impact will be greater on the area with OU and Memphis going to KC but the atmosphere is going to be much weaker.
What are your thoughts on this?
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