With the Metis-Whitefish State high school basketball tournament taking place at Metis University in Oklahoma, Oklahoma, on Saturday, we thought it would be fun to ask our friends at ESPN.
The college basketball tournament is the second-most popular collegiate sporting event in the country.
The Metis High School Basketball Tournament is one of the top events in the world for the Metimaps and is the largest in the Midwest, with the largest turnout.
ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz wrote a piece titled, Why is The Metisch College Basketball Tournament Unfair?
for ESPN on July 13.
We asked ESPN’s Head of Sports Business, Josh Blackman, to explain the college basketball lottery, which is considered the most unfair college basketball competition in the U.S. According to Blackman and Arnoviz, the NCAA Tournament, which was created to determine which schools qualify for the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, is a better representation of college basketball than college basketball itself.
The NCAA Tournament is a very competitive, high-stakes event and has a very good track record in terms of the number of teams that are invited and ultimately qualify for participation in the NCAA tournament, Blackman told ESPN.
“I think the NCAA is very good about creating a great experience for the fans and the players, and I think that’s where we’ve really excelled.
And if you look at what the NCAA has done for college basketball, I think we’re really, really, very successful.”
According to Arnovis piece, there are currently about 5,700 people attending the Metisch Tournament, and the NCAA Selection Committee will be selecting schools for the tournament in 2019.
The most recent edition of the Metiis College Basketball Tour saw the winner of the tournament advance to the NCAA Final Four, and with about 5.3 million tickets sold in 2017, there is plenty of competition for tickets in 2019, Arnoviks piece states.
However, Black said that the Metichisch Tournament was never designed to be a lottery, and in his article, Arnoviks said that it was only meant to determine the number and order of entrants to the tournament.
The article states that the first-ever NCAA Tournament has been a success, with 10 schools advancing to the championship game.
Blackman said that while there has been some criticism over the past year that the tournament has been too competitive, he believes that the event is a great way to build interest in the sport and increase awareness of college hoops in the area.
The first Metisch tournament was held in 2017.