Does The Final Four Prove The NCAA Committee Screwed Up?
So here we are, the 2011 NCAA Final Four that features not a single #1 or #2 seed. Butler (#8) and the #11 seeded VCU made sure of that when they ousted #2 Florida and #1 Kansas, respectively. This also means the championship game will see either a #8 or #11 facing a #3 or #4. It’s pretty amazing stuff and makes you either question how bad the NCAA Committee screwed up when seeding or praise them for putting together one of the wildest NCAA tournaments in recent memory.
Either way, how frustrating it must be if you are Colorado, Virginia Tech, Alabama or Saint Mary’s and VCU took your spot in the tournament? It was just a few weeks ago when Virginia Commonwealth figured they would be one of those teams left out in the cold and opted to eat burgers and watch the Cartoon Network rather than watch their dreams get crushed during Selection Sunday. But here they are, just the third #11 seed to make it to the Final Four.
So does that mean that the aforementioned Colorado, Virginia Tech, Alabama and Saint Mary’s teams could have done the same? Perhaps. But we’ll never really know. This also doesn’t mean that the NCAA Committee messed up. Actually, it means they got it right. Let’s be honest, this year had the shakiest set of top seeds we’ve seen in quite some time. None of them truly had a stranglehold on the tourney to begin with. It’s still shocking that all the #1 and #2 seeds are gone, but it’s not that farfetched.
And if you want to complain about the NCAA Committee, then must we remind you how wretched the BCS system is? Would you rather have that utterly pitiful system select your championship teams? I didn’t think so.
My suggestion, sit back, relax and watch history be made. Leave the complaining for the football side of the NCAA and enjoy what you have. It’s been an awesome ride thus far and appears to be heading towards one of the most unpredictable finishes in recent memory.