Each and every year there are a handful of "bubble teams" who for one reason or another the selection committee chooses to leave out of the NCAA tournament. In fact, it's become so ingrained into the culture of the tournament that ESPN's Joe Lunardi now feels compelled to include his "First Four Out" among his bracket selections.
With last season's inclusion of three additional teams—giving the field 68 total teams—there are fewer teams who deserve to make the tournament yet don’t. And yet last year showed us that the complaining from Dicky V, Jay Bilas and every other ESPN talking head doesn’t stop.
With 68 teams, it lowers the bar slightly for who should get in, which actually means more teams will get screwed, since more teams should qualify with a lowered bar.
Thus the “busted bubble teams” have grown with the field now standing at 68 teams. Just imagine what it will be like when the field expands to 96.
Here are the teams who truly deserved to be in the 2012 NCAA tournament and are not.
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