March Madness is here, and some might be saying that the NCAA Selection Committee is Mad. Nobody knows quite how they work including Joe Lunardi, but we'll play a quick game of what I'll call Blind Picking.
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All Data from RPI going into to Sunday.
Team A: Record- 22-8, vs. top 25- 0-1, vs. top 50- 1-4, RPI 31, SOS 76, Non Conf. SOS 86
Team B: Record- 20-13, vs. top 25- 4-3, vs. top 50- 6-7, RPI 66, SOS 70, Non Conf. SOS 331
Team C: Record- 21-11, vs. top 25- 0-5, vs. top 50- 0-6, RPI 55, SOS 68, Non Conf. SOS 51
Out of the three teams listed above, only two of them were included in this year's field of 68. Look at the numbers, examine the numbers. As you look you have to think that the only surefire team to make the tournament is Team B, because it appears they are the only team to beat another good team.
Team A: University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB)
Team B: Colorado
Team C: Clemson
As you know, Team A and C made the tournament while leaving Team B out. What does that say about what the selection committee looks at? Does the selection committee value just the strength of schedule?
Why does it matter that UAB traveled to Duke and lost by 21 points? Does that prove something to the selection committee? Clemson, you lost to Old Dominion and Michigan, which is respectable, but why does it help your NCAA tournament chances?
In my eyes, Colorado has more of a right than any other team to be upset about being snubbed. They might have had some rough losses (San Francisco, Iowa State) but they had quality wins (Kansas State three times, Texas, Missouri).
I am baffled by the selection committee's inclusion of UAB and Clemson, while leaving the Buffs sitting at home. A message was certainly sent this year.