I compared the official bracket to my last bracket projection.
I had only two different teams getting in that the NCAA didn't seem fit to invite—Creighton and San Diego State. I wasn't surprised they didn't get invited since both were borderline candidates but I was surprised that Arizona was invited over candidates like Penn State and St. Mary's.
The Wildcats went into a tailspin over their last six games by scoring only one victory and I wrote them out in pen following their loss to Arizona State in the Pac-10 tournament. But I guess playing in a major conference carries more weight than it should at times.
I was also surprised to see Boston College get a 7-seed. They have an RPI in the low 60's and eleven losses, which would get you a seat in the NIT in the past. I had them in because this season has featured more late-season losses than any other in recent memory but this is not a team with a 7-seed profile.
And finally, I am outraged, yes OUTRAGED, that my Kentucky Wildcats did not receive a bid to the Dance. The rich tradition mandates they get an automatic bid every year regardless of record. Mandates, I say!
OK, that last part's a joke. But instead of writing an article on who I think will win upcoming games in the tournament (mainly because several of my Bleacher Report colleagues will do a better job) I will be writing about teams who used to get in to the dance every year but have fallen off the wagon for most of this decade.
First up: St. John's. Don't miss it!