So what the hell did we learn today from the NCAA Selection Committee? Don't play in a Non-BCS conference. There was an all out attack on the Mid-Majors today and it wasn't just who was in and who was out.
Drexel got ripped off. There is no debating that. I feel so bad for Bruiser Flint because the only thing the Dragons did wrong was lose twice to ODU. Sure they lost to Rider and William and Mary but Texas Tech lost to Nebraska at home and they got in.
However, that isn't what the real joke was today. How about No. 24 Creighton as a 10 seed vs. No. 13 Nevada as a 7 seed! Right, that makes sense. How about Butler as a 5 seed vs. 12 seed ODU - that's a bracketbuster game - not a first round match up! Or BYU vs. Xavier? Can we get more Middies to knock each out of the BCS Invitational so we don't have to worry about another George Mason to the Final Four? "Hey, Committee - let's see how many of these annoying little guys we can get rid of before the 2nd weekend!"
It seems like the Committee was told to make sure that the little guy doesn't hurt the pocket books of the Big Guys. It is really, really sad to look at these stats:
3 years ago = 12 mid major at large bids
2 years ago = 9 mid major at large bids
last year = 8 mid major at large bids (Final Four George Mason)
this year = 6 mid major at large bids
The numbers don't lie...the more competitive the Mid-Majors have become - the smaller the number of teams are getting in! Looks like they don't want the new guys at the party any more. They were a cute story but once they started taking home the pretty girls - the upper class man started to throw their weight around.
Everyone who loves the mid-major should pull hard for the winner of Bulter/ODU, CU/Nevada and BYU/Xavier to knock out a BIG seed. The SIU bandwagon needs to be full as well but they will need company in order to prevent the Billy Packard "one team" brush off.
It was an all out assault on the Mid Major today. No to Drexel but yes to ARKANSAS!!Standford, and Illinois? That is ridiculous. I hope and pray a 16 seed beats a 1 this year....Just not Florida :)