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We compare the diversity of spectral line velocities in a large sample of type IIb supernovae (SNe IIb) with the expected asphericity in the explosion, as measured from the light echoes of Cassiopeia A (Cas A), which was a historical galactic SN IIb. We revisit the results of Rest et al. (2011a), who used light echoes to observe Cas A from multiple lines of sight and hence determine its asphericity, as seen in the velocity of three spectral lines (He I $\lambda$5876, H$\alpha$ and the Ca II NIR triplet). We confirm and improve on this measurement by reproducing the effect of the light echoes in the spectra of several extragalactic SNe IIb found in the literature as well as a new SN IIb template recently created by Liu et al. (2015), and comparing these to the observed light echo spectra of Cas A, including their associated uncertainties. In order to quantify the accuracy of this comparison we smooth the light echo spectra of Cas A using Gaussian processes and we use a Monte Carlo method to measure the absorption velocities of these three features in the spectra. We then test the hypothesis that asphericity, as measured in Cas A, is enough to explain the diversity of spectral line velocities seen in SNe IIb by comparing the range of velocities seen in the different light echoes of Cas A to that seen in the population of SNe IIb. We conclude that these two ranges are of the same order and thus asphericity could be enough to explain the spectral diversity alone.