Selection Sunday is one of the most polarizing days of the year in the sports world. Thanks to the selection process there are now 68 teams with a chance to win the NCAA Championship. However, it also leads to many questions, comments and a full breakdown on how the committee did in selecting the teams. These are some of the main complaints and thoughts from this writer.
Full disclaimer, this is being written as the seeds are announced, so it’s a quick reaction.
Dayton Gets a Home Game?
Somehow Dayton was placed as one of the last four teams in the tournament, which makes no sense in its own right. A team that lost by five in the Atlantic 10 Championship to VCU and finished second in the regular season as well is sent to the play-in game while a team like UCLA gets a pass?
What’s even weirder? The play-in games are in Dayton, which means the Flyers will get a home game in the NCAA Tournament. The committee needs to explain this one more in depth.
Maryland Falls to a Four Seed
As many people thought heading into the conference tournaments Maryland would be locked into a No. 3 seed. However, the Terps fell to a No. 4 seed and more importantly fell to the No. 4 seed in Kentucky’s bracket. The Terrapins had plenty of nice wins during the course of the season and no terrible losses, so the loss in the Big 10 Tournament must mean more than we could have guessed.
The West is Loaded
Every year there seems to be a region of death, last year it was Wichita State’s group. This season there doesn’t seem to be a bracket that loaded, but the West has three Final Four teams as its top three seeds. Having Wisconsin shipped out west as the final No. 1 seed will have an incredibly tough road to the Final Four with Arizona and Baylor waiting on the other half of the bracket. Oh, not to mention North Carolina, who just made it to the ACC Final is your No. 4 seed.
Power Conference Team Bubble Talk
I don’t have a huge complaint with the 68 teams that made the NCAA Tournament, but looking at who got the final selections there were no smaller schools in discussion. UCLA being safely in the field is the biggest joke of the selection and should have been on the outside looking in with either Temple or Richmond getting the Bruins’ spot. What might be an even bigger travesty was Murray State not even being one of the last four teams out.
Games to Watch
If you haven’t been able to watch a lot of college basketball this season have no fear. Here are some of the games to keep an eye on during the first round. VCU vs Ohio State, Utah vs Stephen F. Austin, West Virginia vs. Buffalo, Butler vs. Texas and North Carolina vs Harvard.