NCAA Tournament: Praise for the Selection Committee

Alli BretonContributor IMarch 30, 2008

It’s like a ritual. 

Selection Sunday rolls around and on every sports channel, blog, and watering hole around America, self-proclaimed pundits (myself included) will gripe about how the Selection Committee got it all wrong.  

We will analyze the 66th, 67th, and 68th bubble teams that should have been. We will analyze RPIs, strength of schedule, and winning streaks and engage in the annual mid-major/high-major debate. 

Some TV analysts, like ESPN's Bobby Knight, will even make bold statements. The legendary coach suggesting the tournament expand to include 128 teams. 

However, if he ever got his wish, all it will do is make the annual debate about the 129th, 130th, and 131st team that deserves to dance. 

Let's face it folks, on Selection Sunday, most people will just never be satisfied. That's just part of what puts the madness in March.

This year, I would like to give a little “hats off” to the selection committee. 

For the first time in the history of the tournament, all No. 1 seeds have advanced to the Final Four. 

Sure, maybe Villanova, Kansas State, and Davidson deserved higher seedings and perhaps Arizona didn't deserve to go at all. 

What's certain is, when Kansas downed this year's tournament darling, and after all is said and done, the four teams that the committee deemed to be the best, earned their rightful spot in San Antonio.  

Whilst we all will complain again next March, for tonight, the selection committee deserves some credit.