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It's Obvious NCAA Selection Committee Has No Clue
By Kelso Sturgeon
It is a simply reality that complaining about the teams the NCAA selection committee picks and seeds for the big dance is a waste of time. This is it, the hand we have been dealt and must deal with it. This is not to remove the committee from criticism and the results of first 24 games suggests it deserves plenty of it.
No one expects perfection in the selection process or in the seeding of teams. There are 351 eligible schools and for openers the committee is stuck with 31 conference tournament winners and the winner of the Ivy League regular season championship. This forces the committee to give us matchups like last night - Oregon, a #1 seed, embarrassing Holy Cross, a 16th seed that finished the regular season 14-19 but won the Patriot League Tournament, by 39 points, 91-52.
Matchups such as this are just part of the deal in a process that admittedly is not easy. But other seeds and the teams they match are some of the time ridiculous.
For the record Oregon won as my 100-unit NCAA Tournament Blowout Game of the Year in a contest in which Holy Cross had two chances to win - zero and none. This was such a mismatch, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind the Ducks would cover the -23. While the results of this game was no surprise, that cannot be said for many others with a tournament record of 13 teams seeded 9th or worse winning their first round games.
The NCAA selection committee and its lack of insight into the emergence of powerful mid-major teams was obvious as was its devotion and blind love affair with the so-called major conferences. For instance, the PAC-12 sent seven teams to the Big Dance and five of them lost in the first round.
There have been stunning upsets - 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee (+16.5) with its powerful, 90-81, win over 2nd-seeded Michigan State, the second betting choice to win it all. And then there was 14th-seeded Stephen F. Austin (+7) of the totally ignored and disrespected Southland Conference, putting a total ass-whippin' on 3rd-seeded West Virginia, 70-56. These games were just two of the stunners.
Lest one think these two upsets were an accident, they were not. Middle Tennessee State (24-9) of the Sun Belt Conference and Stephen F. Austin (27-5) are talented, well coached and come to play. Overlook either of them and you are in danger of losing.
While the upsets are attention getting, nothing illustrates the selection committee's ignorance more than how it handled Wichita State. The Shockers, a team unranked in the national polls but ranked as the 8th best team in the country in the only rankings that should count - the Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings compiled by devoted guru Ken Pomeroy.
The committee paid no attention to the facts but seeded Wichita State 11th and made them win a play-in game to even get into the final 64. Wichita State, from the so-called mid-major Missouri Valley Conference, went into that game as a 3.5-point favorite over 11th-seeded Vanderbilt from the SEC and won by 20, 70-50. Once in the 64, it was on to Providence.
In its 2nd-round game against 6th-seeded Arizona, the Shockers were a 1-point underdog and tore the favored Wildcats a new one. While Wichita State won, 65-55, the final score was not indicative of how dominate the Shockers were in that one. At one time in the second half they were up by 24.
After the game was over, Arizona coach Sean Miller said Wichita State was the best team his team had played all season - a powerful statement from the coach of a PAC-12 team.
The problem is obvious and the NCAA selection committee needs to get up to speed and come to grips with the reality that an outstanding basketball team can come from anywhere, be it Murfreesboro, TN, Nacogdoches, TX, or Wichita, KS. The over-emphasis on teams from the so-called major conferences is simply wrong, if not stupid, and certainly detached from reality.
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Friday's Results: 3-1, Plus 110 Units100 Units...Oregon (-23) 91, Holy Cross 52 (Won)
10 Units...South Dakota State (+9) 74, Maryland 79 (Won)
10 Units...Notre Dame (-3) 70, Michigan 63 (Won)
10 Units...Oregon State (+4) 67, VCU 75 (lost)
Thursday Results: 2-2, Plus 15 Units
25 Units...Utah (-8.5) 80, Fresno State 68 (Won)
10 Units...Arkansas-LR (+8) 85, Purdue 83 (Won)
10 Units...Texas Tech (+2) 61, Butler 71 (Lost)
10 Units...Colorado (+3.5) 67, Connecticut 74 (Lost)
Wednesday's Results: 4-0, Plus 130 Units
100 Units...Virginia Tech (-4) 86, Princeton 81 (Won)
10 Units...Georgia Tech (-3.5) 81, Houston 62 (Won)
10 Units...Michigan (-2) 67, Tulsa 62 (Won)
10 Units...Nevada (-3) 79, Montana 75 (Won)
Tuesday's Results: 2-1, Plus 60 Units
50 Units...Long Beach State (+10) 102, Washington 107 (Won)
15 Units...Wichita State (-3.5) 70, Vanderbilt 50 (Won)
5 Units...Fairleigh Dickinson (+5.5) 65, Florida Gulf Coast 96 (Lost)
Monday's ResultsL 2-2, Minus 15 Units
25 Units...Grand Canyon (-13) 78, South Carolina State 74 (Lost)
10 Units...Jackson State (+6.5) 81, San Houston State 77 (Won)
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