As the seedings were released for the tournament, I never really had a problem with any of them. That is, until Murray State's name popped up next to the West's No. 6 seed.
I understand the arguments: Murray State played in a weak conference, had a bad loss to Tennessee State, etc., etc. However, that bad loss to Tennessee State happened to be their only loss, and it was by four points.
They were four points away from going undefeated.
They also have good wins over Memphis, Southern Mississippi and Saint Mary's in their non-conference schedule. They also have one of the best point guards in the country in junior Isaiah Canaan. Seriously, if you haven't gotten a chance to see him play, now is your chance.
I thought a No. 4 seed might even be too high for the Racers, but I always kind of knew the committee wasn't going to award a No. 3 seed to a team with a strength of schedule that was ranked 158th in the country.
Regardless, what's done is done and Murray State has been shafted. While the No. 6 seed may be a bit of a slap in the face, the Racers did draw a favorable first-round opponent in Colorado State. Murray State will win this game by 10 points at least, as a statement to both the committee and their next-round foe.
That next-round foe is likely to be Marquette, and then things are going to get really interesting. Unlike most, I think Marquette is a bit overrated. However, they're still going to be the best team Murray State has seen this season.
Murray State will beat (yes, that's a guarantee) Marquette, but, unfortunately, I have to believe their tournament stops there. They would likely draw Missouri in the Sweet 16, and although the Racers match-up favorably with the Tigers, they would be overmatched.
Which leads me to my next slide...