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The Big East gets 8 teams in, the Big 10 gets 7, the A10 and Mountain West get 5 teams each and then the ACC gets only 4 teams in. Think about that - both the A10 and Mountain West get more teams in the NCAA than the ACC. How can anyone take this field seriously? And don't get me started about MTSU - that's a joke. Everybody is talking about this is the year of the upsets but the bottom of the field is so weak and undeserving that this is virtually pure chalk through the first two rounds.
I'm purposely leaving the SEC out of the discussion because I don't want this to seem like sour grapes. But the selection committee has done the impossible - it has made the NIT compelling.
I agree! I am sure many will repost and say sec is weak acc is down blah blah blah. I as well am not just mad that tn didnt dance. But there is a blaring problem here. Reminds me of when big 10 got so much fb favortism! Many seem to forget when sec wasnt viewed as the best fb conf. There is a clear conf bias and it is crazy obvious! Bottom line on TN is we didnt take care of business. Wish the ncaa tournament was best 64 teams but oh well.
I was thinking the same thing last night when the field was being announced. Just look at a few of the matchups. Of course some of these underdogs are going to advance because there are so many of them.
not gonna negavote you but you are waaaay of drawing your comparisons/argument .... did you watch ACC BiG east and other conf games this year... Im talking ESPN3 two to three times a week?
the ACC was as bad as the SEC this year... the NCAA got it completely right. The Mtn west teams beat some really good teams on the road this yr... cant say the same for UT yhe SEC or the ACC.
Sour grapes about MTSU is understood....but when you win and win on the road when your supposed to...it goes further than traditional conference teams that are very weak and not making good cases for themselves down the stretch and in their conf. tourneys
I appreciate not getting down voted. But talk about not doing well in the conference tournament...MTSU didn't make the finals of a tournament they should have won. I'm not jealous that they made it in, I just think they weren't as deserving as others that didn't.
I agree completely with what Jay Bilas said yesterday - winning did not count as much with this committee as avoiding losing. That favored smaller schools in weaker conferences and the field bears that out.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by RunThruThe T 13 months ago
good point about bilass i like his takes on most everything...very good bb iq too. I think losing on the road when you are supposed to win has always been a big emphasis with the selection comm. just as a huge win on the road counted more than some other scenarios ... i think why it seems the comm. looked more at the road losses...was because their were more of them and more than stung...especially in the SEC and ACC where inconsistency reigned.
MTSU is an anomaly of UT, KY and others losing. plain and simple. They won enough against god rpi teams on the road and home...played close in other loses to be there....its just that last piece of work that sticks out and stayes in your mind. if they play tough and lose by less than 5 or even win their first round game will you change your mind?
To be honest I'm not that excited about the NCAA tournament in general this year. It has more to do with a lack of compelling teams/story lines than it does with UT not making the dance. Hopefully there will be some upsets by mid major teams, otherwise this field will be all chalk (and chalk can be pretty boring).
I don't have a problem with Tennessee not getting in. They needed a marquee road win and they blew their chances. It's their own fault. And I have less of a problem with MTSU than some of the A10, Mountain West, Big East and Big 10 teams that got in. I just think the selection committee did a poor job and it's a bad field at the bottom of the brackets. Here is a tweet from Wes Rucker that sums up my feelings:
wesrucker247: Cuonzo: My Missouri State team would have been in the NCAA Tournament three years ago with this committee. It's frustrating.
Yes indeed. It is frustrating.
next weekend will change all that.... this is one of the best weekends in sports bar none...if you are a fan of BB in any capacity... next wknd will be good and i think there will be plenty of upsets and excitement. Personally...the compelling stories are the quiet ones made up of mostly seniors and the chance to go out with a bang. Check miami and colorado state...just for starters.
I'll be pulling for coach Alford and the Lobos as well
To answer that question, yes. I recall Villanova getting pounded by Bama AND Marquette getting humiliated by Florida. Pitt's non-conference schedule is a joke. Big East is agin way overrated as usual.
*Looks at NCAA field and sees Boise State and St. Mary's*
Yup, its a joke.
further on the point about Bilass....thought you might find this interesting from another point of view
Okay... so all the debate in this thread is proving you right. up vote for ya. I thought MTSU might beat St. Mary's but not so much.
The problem that I had with the bottom of the field was - as Bilas said Sunday - the little guy won every battle over the big guy for inclusion in the field. That told me the field was skewed and then I read the article on Monday where the field was essentially seeded by RPI value. Why even have a committee if they are going to do that? I hope Mike Bobinski, who was the committee chair and is leaving Xavier for Georgia Tech, does a better job at Tech as AD than he did running the committee.
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