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Dayton Hopes To Keep NCAA Tournament's First Four, As Bidding Approaches After '15
Published March 18, 2014
FIRST FORTUNE: USA TODAY's Nicole Auerbach reports for schools and their conferences, there is "a major difference between a No. 16 seed that gets put in the NCAA tournament's main draw" and one sent to the First Four. That difference is "potentially worth" $1.5M, which is "how much an NCAA tournament unit is worth." Since the First Four games are "considered a tournament round, the winners of those matchups earn a unit." CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said, "We joke about it in the conference offices, but if you're going to have a 16 seed, let's go to Dayton." The No. 16 seeds in the First Four this week -- Albany, Mount St. Mary's, Cal Poly and Texas Southern -- "have an opportunity to double their earnings." Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell said, "When the whole concept of the play-in games first came up, as a conference commissioner I wasn't very excited about the prospect of having a team playing in those games. But in all honesty, when they put the financial reward on winning that game, it certainly changed my viewpoint about it" (USA TODAY, 3/18).