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Parity label cheapens Cinderella stories

Updated: March 27, 2013, 5:47 PM ET
By Jay Bilas

This has been a wild and fun NCAA tournament, but let me ask you this: When was the last time the NCAA tournament didn't deliver?

Yet every year we lead up to the tournament by proclaiming that it will be "wide open" and that "anybody can win."

Well, we fell for it again. It is true that anybody can win a game or two, but it's not true that anybody can advance to the second weekend or that anybody can win the whole thing. Yet, because of our love affair with the chaos of the first weekend and the havoc it wreaks on brackets all over the country, we all seem to explain any upset by trotting out the term "parity."

Parity means equality, and the numbers don't suggest that there is equality in college basketball. Or, if there is parity, perhaps we have always had it. Or perhaps that is just the way basketball works.

Because, as I remember the past 30 years, the NCAA tournament has always had upsets, has always had close games and has always had little guys beating big guys. The truth is, very little is different in the results we see today. Let's take a look.

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