The NCAA Tournament Selection Show has come and gone. Cinderella has been fitted for her glass slipper. The big boys set their sights on the Final Four. And yes, the snubs are crying out “Woe is me!” in full force. And like always, everyone has a case.
Probably the biggest news in the snub department is the lack of the Crimson Tide in the field of 68. Does Alabama have a reason to be upset? Absolutely. Georgia got in over the Tide – a team they beat twice in eight days. VCU got in – I don’t even have words for that one. And the darlings of Birmingham – that’s right, our little Blazers – got into the field. Did UAB deserve it over the Tide? Maybe not, but it happens.
When asked about the controversial inclusions/exclusions, tournament chairman Gene Smith gave very nice, vague, and political “non-answers.” Smith said things like “there was no one criteria that was more important” or “they were well-coached” or “we just didn’t have enough slots.”
That brings up an interesting point with the field expanding to 68 from 65 this year. Even with the three extra teams, there were still teams that “should” have gotten in that didn’t. Maybe it is just the nature of the beast – it is a very subjective beast after all.
But at the same time, you can always argue the teams whose bubbles burst left wins on the board that could have helped their cause. Alabama could have beaten Kentucky Saturday. Win and you’re in. Don’t leave it in the Committee’s hands, they’re not very friendly sometimes. Sounds easy doesn’t it…
But now that Selection Sunday is in the past, we can look forward to the future. And the future is Madness. The new look tourney begins Tuesday with the first round of the play-in games. The best part of March Madness is filling out those brackets. Getting together with a group of your friends and seeing whose bracket is the best – well, probably the least wrong would be a better way to phrase it.
So let the picking begin!
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