Some of the biggest NCAA tournament snubs have one thing in common — a link to the FBI probe into college basketball corruption

  • A few of the most controversial snubs from this year's NCAA tournament were connected to the FBI probe into corruption in college basketball. 
  • The NCAA selection committee head has denied the investigation played any role in the committee's decisions. 


There were some pretty controversial snubs in this year's NCAA Tournament bracket, and now there's speculation that schools like the University of Southern California and Oklahoma State were left out of the tournament because of their links to a major FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball.

Notably, Yahoo Sports columnist Pat Forde, who helped break the story of the scandal, made this connection on Twitter. 

Writing in The Ringer, Rodger Sherman says that USC is, " . . .  one of the more improbable exclusions in recent NCAA tournament history." 

The NCAA selection committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen, for his part, has denied that the FBI probe had any impact on the committee's decisions, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN. 

While other teams linked to the investigation did get invited (e.g. Miami), it is eyebrow-raising that the teams on the bubble were snubbed.

The FBI probe into college basketball looks like the beginning of a major scandal in the sport, one that has certainly cast a pall over this season and has already cost Louisville head coach Rick Pitino his job, as well as a national title

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Each team's odds of winning March Madness 2018

UBMC: 5000/1 odds

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Texas Southern: 5000/1 odds

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Radford: 5000/1 odds

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NC Central: 5000/1 odds

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Lipscomb: 5000/1 odds

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LIU Brooklyn: 5000/1 odds

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Iona: 5000/1 odds

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Pennsylvania: 2000/1 odds

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NC Greensboro: 2000/1 odds

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Georgia State: 2000/1 odds

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Charleston: 2000/1 odds

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CS Fullerton: 2000/1 odds

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South Dakota State: 1000/1 odds

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Murray State: 1000/1 odds

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Buffalo: 1000/1 odds

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St. Bonaventure: 750/1 odds

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Bucknell: 700/1 odds

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Wright State: 500/1 odds

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Virginia Tech: 500/1 odds

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Syracuse: 500/1 odds

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Stephen F. Austin: 500/1 odds

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Providence: 500/1 odds

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New Mexico State: 500/1 odds

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Nevada: 500/1 odds

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Montana: 500/1 odds

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Marshall: 500/1 odds

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Kansas State: 500/1 odds

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Arizona State: 500/1 odds

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UCLA: 300/1 odds

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Florida State: 300/1 odds

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Creighton: 300/1 odds

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Butler: 300/1 odds

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North Carolina State: 250/1 odds

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Loyola Chicago: 250/1 odds

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Texas: 200/1 odds

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Seton Hall: 200/1 odds

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Miami, Fla.: 200/1 odds

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Davidson: 200/1 odds

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Clemson: 200/1 odds

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Arkansas: 200/1 odds

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Alabama: 200/1 odds

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TCU: 150/1 odds

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San Diego State: 150/1 odds

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Oklahoma: 150/1 odds

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Texas A&M: 100/1 odds

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Rhode Island: 100/1 odds

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Houston: 100/1 odds

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Ohio State: 80/1 odds

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Missouri: 65/1 odds

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Auburn: 65/1 odds

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Tennessee: 60/1 odds

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Florida: 55/1 odds

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Wichita State: 45/1 odds

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Texas Tech: 45/1 odds

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West Virginia: 40/1 odds

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Kentucky: 28/1 odds

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Gonzaga: 28/1 odds

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Xavier: 22/1 odds

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Cincinnati: 22/1 odds

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North Carolina: 18/1 odds

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Purdue: 15/1 odds

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Kansas: 14/1 odds

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Arizona: 12/1 odds

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Michigan State: 8/1 odds

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Michigan: 8/1 odds

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Duke: 6/1 odds

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Virginia: 5/1 odds

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Villanova: 5/1 odds

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