5 Teams That Got Screwed By The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee This Year
It’s the middle of March, so you already know what time it is: Time to talk March Madness! On Sunday, the NCAA held their annual “Selection Sunday” and announced which teams will be playing in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, where they will be playing, and who they will be playing against later this week. And, as usual, the committee messed up. Well, let’s not say “messed up.” Let’s just say that they made things hard on a few NCAA teams who probably didn’t deserve it. To their credit, putting together an NCAA Tournament bracket is difficult. So, we’re not all that surprised that a few teams got screwed this year. It happens. But, we still wanted to put together a list of 5 Teams That Got Screwed By The NCAA Tournament Committee This Year. Who got screwed the worst?
We know what you’re thinking: “The NCAA gave the Cardinals the No. 1 overall seed. How did they ‘screw’ them?!” And, you’re right. The NCAA did reward Louisville for having a fantastic season. But, they also placed them in a bracket that’s absolutely loaded with talent. From Oklahoma State and Saint Louis in the top half of the bracket to Michigan State and Duke in the bottom half, this is going to be the hardest bracket for a No. 1 seed to make it through. So, we’re sure the Cards wouldn’t have minded being named the second No. 1 seed after all.
The truth is that all four No. 1 seeds deserve the seeds that they received. But, we still can’t help but think that the Hurricanes—who won the ACC regular-season title and the ACC conference tournament title—got screwed. At the very least, they deserved the top No. 2 seed, if not a No. 1 seed, and they didn’t even get that. Fortunately, we think that getting screwed will only help propel the ‘Canes to more success since they seem to enjoy playing with a chip on their shoulders. But, still, we’re not sure why Miami wasn’t rewarded for having such a stellar season.
Earlier this year, UNLV played California. Now, they’ll have to play them again in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Making matters even worse, they’ll have to do it in San Jose, which gives Cal the advantage, even though they’re a No. 12 seed and UNLV is the No. 5 seed. Something just doesn’t seem right about that arrangement.
Oregon won the Pac-12 conference tournament title this year. They also finished the season 26-8, good for second place in the Pac-12, and had a chance to make some noise in the tournament. But, for whatever reason, the committee gave them a No. 12 seed. That means they’re going to have a tough time getting out of the first round, let alone making a serious run in the tournament.
5. Oklahoma State
If Oregon got screwed, then OK State got royally screwed. They knocked off teams like Kansas, Kansas State, and North Carolina State this season and came thisclose to beating No. 1 seed Gonzaga on the road. So, why in the world are they being forced to play a first-round game against Oregon? It minimizes their chances of advancing and puts them at a serious disadvantage by throwing them into a game that’s pretty evenly matched despite the fact that it’s a No. 5/No. 12 game. It also makes it a lot harder for all of us to pick who should advance in our brackets. And, isn’t that what this is really all about?!