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NCAA Tournament Snubs 2013: Teams with Biggest Complaints After Selection Sunday

Feb 9, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Archie Goodwin (10), guard Julius Mays (34), guard Ryan Harrow (12), forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) and forward Alex Poythress (22) walk on to the court after a time out during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Auburn 72-62. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2013

After the selection committee released the brackets of the NCAA tournament, the first thought is about those that did not make it. Some teams that saw its bubble burst have a legitimate complaint.

With 68 teams in the field, there are plenty of opportunities to get an at-large bid. Those that did not make the tournament can blame themselves for suffering damaging losses at some point during the season.

Still, you can look at the teams that reached the NCAA tournament and argue that some of them had a worse profile than those that got snubbed.

Here are the teams that should have been included in the Big Dance.

 

Kentucky

Should have replaced: Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee put together a solid year while accumulating a 28-5 record. Unfortunately, the squad did not earn an automatic bid after losing to Florida International in the Sun Belt semifinals.

Despite the solid numbers, the Blue Raiders' only win against a Top-100 RPI team was against Ole Miss at home by three points. Kentucky played the Rebels once and won by 13 on the road.

The Wildcats also have wins over Missouri and Florida, who beat Middle Tennessee by 21 earlier in the year. If you want to talk about bad losses, both teams have lost twice to teams outside the Top 100 in the RPI

Kentucky also finished second in the SEC with a 12-6 record. While the conference was relatively down this year, it is much tougher than the Sun Belt will ever be.

Even without Nerlens Noel, the Wildcats showed that they are a very talented team and should have done enough to be included in March Madness.

 

Maryland

Should have replaced: Boise State

When Maryland is playing at its best, this is certainly a team worthy of an at-large bid. Two wins over Duke and a victory over North Carolina State proved as much.

However, the issue is that the team has been inconsistent. The Terrapins lost to Boston College and Georgia Tech on the road.

Then again, the same could be said about Boise State, who had much worse losses to Utah and Nevada. The loss to Utah was by 21 points.

The Broncos had some good wins late in the year, but it is not enough to justify those terrible defeats. 

Of course, it would be hard to put Maryland in the field over Virginia, who beat the Terps twice. With Virginia's seven losses to sub-100 RPI teams, neither ACC squad was getting in.

 

Tennessee

Should have replaced: Minnesota

There were a bunch of questionable inclusions that could be debated for days. Saint Mary's lacked too many tough wins, while La Salle also had a questionable schedule.

However, Minnesota play as of late should not warrant the No. 11 seed that the Golden Gophers received, and it should not have even gotten them a bid to the tournament.

After starting the year strong, Minnesota ended the season with a 5-11 record. While there were a couple of good wins during that stretch, the terrible losses to Purdue and Nebraska should cancel those out.

Meanwhile, Tennessee was one of the few bubble teams actually playing well at the end of the year, winning nine of the last 11 games. This included wins over Florida and Missouri.

The selection committee should pick teams that are playing their best at tournament time. At this point, Tennessee is better than Minnesota. 

 

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