Open thread for bitching about the Tourney seeding

>> Monday

According to Zuch, the committee actually did well this year, and I don't realy disagree. But there were a few teams that jumped out at me, and hey--who doesn't enjoy complaining?

Vandy. I know Zuch is on board with this one too. The idea that they're one of the 16 best teams in the country is pretty outrageous to me. I can go down to the 6 and 7 lines and find teams (USC and Butler) who I think are better.

West Virginia. This was a team that Doug Gotlieb, as of Thursday, was campaigning to leave out altogether. They didn't beat anyone out of conference (granted, they took Tennessee to the wire), and they didn't really have an impressive win in the Big East.

Indiana. An 8? Give me a break. I detest the Big Ten as much as anyone, and I know they had bad losses against Michigan St. and Penn St. late in the season. But no way are there 28 teams in the country better than Indiana.

And consider me among those who think Arizona St. got hosed. One embarassing loss to Illinois to open the season is the only glaring blemish they had. And they blew out a potential Final Four team in Xavier. Sorry, Villanova--no way you go 9-9 in the Pac 10.

1 comments:

Zuch 12:34 PM  

I'll agree with you on Vandy (should be a 6 seed at highest, ranked in 40's in Pomeroys all season long).

However, I have no problem with your other two issues. While West Virginia did not have a ton of quality wins, they have been very well thoughts of by both Sagarin and Pomeroy ratings and the committee did a job of properly rating them despite maybe not having a 7-8 seed resume. Also, Doug Gottlieb spent most of Championship Week talking out his ass and the West Virginia issue is probably the best example of all (they were an 8-10 seed coming in, and receiving a deserved bump after beating a top 15 UConn team on a neutral court).

While Arizona State has a compelling argument for inclusion (good wins over USC, Stanford and Xavier), they also really struggled down the stretch, losing 10 of their last 15 games. The non-conference SOS of 294 did not help things either. If they played now, I would definitely take Villanova over them on a neutral court.

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