Doug is unhappy because his cougars didn't get invited. Was it this year
or next that the LP3 was going to win it all?
Yes, it was not a great selection process this year, but thanks to the number of
teams allowed to participate, B-ball is great compared to the Bill Hancock
Post-Season Apologetic 4/5 Power Conference Tournament (the so called CFP that
automatically eliminates half the D-1 teams). That is why the University of
Central Florida, the only undefeated D-1 team, that happened to beat a team,
Auburn, that beat the two teams (Alabama and Georgia) jockeying for second
place, is the real college football champion this year. Football needs a real
tournament, one of 16-teams. Too bad the clique/cartel won't allow it.
Just let everyone in.
Doug, Nice article, how about some solid suggestions? Fire the
selection committee, they do a terrible job. As a side note, I would like to
know how much these guys get paid to do a terrible job. The way they go about
picking at-large bids stinks!! Why does the selection committee think that they
know who deserves to be in and who doesn't? The selection committee should
be made up of different folks each year from different conferences each year
(major, mid-major and minor). Regular season champs should get the
auto bid. The conference tournaments should be dumped. The "first
four" makes no sense either, two of the winners are seeded 11s and two of
the winners are seeded 16s?? What sense does that make? Let's get back to rewarding the best proven over the long haul (regular
season champs plus the best remaining). The best should be the best 96 , start
the big tournament earlier and eliminate conference tournaments altogether. Too
many players get hurt! Players would be less likely to get hurt (they
wouldn't have to play another 3 games to get the auto bid), they would be
ready to play knowing that if they win the regular season title, they would get
the auto bid.
The tournament has never been about getting the best 68 teams, otherwise the
smaller schools would never get invited. I like the idea of rewarding the
regular season conference champion with the auto-bid, but that's up to each
conference and I highly doubt that will ever happen. So the only tweak I would
make is to have a requirement that any at-large bid has to have at least a .500
conference record. Still think it's ridiculous that ASU finished 9th in
the Pac-12 and got a bid over USC.
Tweaking? The whole process needs to thrown in the garbage. It is run by money
not by accomplishment. The ACC put 9 teams in the tournament, the SEC 8, how is
that fair or even legitimate. It has nothing to do with strength of schedule, it
has to do with politics and money. How many times do you see those teams come
out west. They have no interest in home and home games. If you want to play
them, you go there. Let every conference send two teams to the tournament. That
will fill the field, and it will put pressure on breaking up these ridiculous
power 5 conferences. They are pandered to because of money. They run the NCAA in
football and basketball. The NCAA has become a laughingstock. College sports
used to be fun and competitive. Now the only competition is for more money.
How about NCAA to fix the Div I College Football Playoff. Having two SEC playing
each other for the NC make no sense. As for smc, they got what they
deserve, "the nit" because they had too many easy home cooking games!
How about having the committee select the bottom twenty conference champions and
let them play in 'play-in games against each other? That would certainly
allow more deserving teams to get in the dance, or you could lower the number of
teams involved should you wish to do that. It is a travesty to allow - what is
it? - 32 conference champions to be in the dance without anything other than
beating others in their conference.
The process needs "tweaks"!? It needs to be blown up.St.
Mary's is a tournament-worthy team...and Utah just beat them at their
place. But ASU got in? The committee is essentially saying that nobody's
conference season means anything - it's all about getting a big win in
I can't figure out if the committee wants the best 68 teams or the most
deserving 68 teams. The criteria seems to change depending which team they are
considering. The problem with considering strength of schedule is
that it gives the major conference teams a huge advantage. All they have to do
to keep the mid-majors out of the tournament (which allows more majors into the
tournament field) is not play them.
Doug,Its always easy to complain about needed "tweaks". Rather
than complain, try offering up ideas or suggestions, or does that actually take
The selection committee should be all fired for incompetence. Previous
committees have done a much better job. Overweighing early season results for
selection (like ASU's early wins) is really not smart. How teams are
playing toward the end of the season is a much better measurement of worth. The
problem was with the committee - not necessarily the process.
Unless things have changed, it is the conferences who determine how their
automatic bid will be utilized, not the selection committee. If the WCC, MWC or
any other conference decided they wanted to give their automatic bid to the
regular season champion, that is the team that would be selected. The
conferences found a way to make a little bit of money by hosting a season ending
tournament. To make them count for something, most conferences decided to give
their automatic bid to the tournament champion, not the regular season champion.
I totally agree though, the regular season champ should be the team with the
automatic bid. But it is the conferences that need to make that decision. I
would argue that the laser leagues would benefit more by having a team that
consistently played stronger during the entire season be in the NCAA tournament
than a team that got lucky on a last second shot. The consistent winner would
have a better chance of going deeper into the tournament that a team that made
in by a lucky shot or two.
"Syracuse, 11th in the ACC standings with an 8-10 record, lost in the second
round of its conference tournament and, you guessed it, still made the NCAA
Tournament, where the Orangemen got hot and advanced to the Sweet 16."Ummm.... wrong. You assumptions is that all conferences are created
equal. You seem to forget that 4 of the 16 all come from one conference.
Comparing say Syracuse's regular schedule to say BYUs schedule is not an
apples to apples comparison. Gonzaga has struggled mightily in the years
tourney. The fact they needed a last minute miracle to beat UNC Greensboro....
doesn't bode well.And yes, peaking at the right time is part of
the season. That and matchups matter. Are all the teams that won in round
one and two better than some of the teams that lost.... heck no. But that is
the excitement of the tournament. On any given day a mid-major peaking at the
right time, or a major program over looking and not preparing (Virginia) is what
makes this fun.I am rooting for Gonzaga to go on a run here..... but
I don't they by any stretch they are one of the best teams left. But that
is the fun it....
Doug, it doesn't matter which conference to which you belong or whether or
not you were a champion; just win during the tournament. i suppose you're
unhappy that a #16 seed finally made history and defeated a #1 seed....never
happened before. They call it "Madness" for a reason because on paper
it's a worthless argument...win on the court or go home. journalists
should be able to understand that as it gives them countless story lines, as
observed by you finding something to write about. NCAA Football should be so
lucky to have such a thing.