A week ago Sunday the pairings for the NCAA tourney were announced. Some teams felt they got the short end of the stick, including Patrick "Patty" Mills and his St. Mary's club. After I watched Dick Vitale and Doug Gottlieb publicly whine like little girls on ESPN Sunday night, as to why St Mary's should've been selected to the tournament and other acclaimed analysts throughout the week, I have come up with two simple, distinct reasons I think as to why St. Mary's was left out.
#1. Lack of Quality Non-Conference Opponents.
This is one of the rather important things for the committee in determining the at-large bids. Playing teams including the likes of Fresno State, Kent State, Oregon, Southern Illinois, and Pacific, to name a few, aren't quite the quality of teams you want to boost your resume on your non-conference schedule. The only legitimately good team St. Mary's played in their non-conference slate was Providence, a quality Big East team who was very close to being selected for the tourney.
#2. Besides Gonzaga, who else is a competitive team in the WCC?
Seriously, Sure San Diego made the tourney last year and beat Connecticut, Last Year (key word). We are talking about this year, and when St. Mary's played Gonzaga they lost twice in the regular season to them, and they could've ended this whole mess by winning the WCC Postseason tourney, but no they instead lose for the third time this season by a whopping score of 83-58. Basically St. Mary's beat the crappy teams in their conference that they should have, but they didnt beat Gonzaga who will be playing North Carolina Friday night.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!