NCAA Tournament 2012: 3 Snubs That Deserved to Make the Big Dance

Scott RussellContributor IIMarch 12, 2012

The Washington Huskies are the first team in the BCS era to win the regular season title in a power conference and not earn an at-large bid to the Big Dance.

Washington is not alone, as three other teams who expected to play in the NCAA tournament will now compete for the consolation prize of an NIT title.

Here are three teams that deserved to be in the Big Dance.


Washington Huskies - (21-10, 14-4)

When the Huskies lost to Oregon State in their first game of the Pacific-12 Conference Tournament the NCAA Tournament committee decided Washington did not belong.

Lorenzo Romar's team is led by Tony Wroten, who was one of the most explosive players in the Pac-12. And as a team Washington, was the fifth best rebounding team in the nation.

Washington proves that the Pac-12 still lacks respect in college sports.

The committee missed on this one by keeping the regular season champion Huskies out of the Big Dance.




Drexel Dragons - (27-6, 16-2) 


The Dragons won the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title outright and won 19 of its last 20 games.

The way Drexel has been playing makes this one a huge blunder.

Their strength of schedule will be cited as the main cause for being kept out of the tourney, but the fact that a regular season conference winner was kept out is hard to stomach.



Oral Roberts - ( 20-12 , 17-1)

Another conference champ kept out proves that the criteria for making the Big Dance extends beyond winning coneference titles.

Oral Roberts will wonder what could have been after just one conference loss and a 20-win season that simply was not enough to wow the committee.