I Hate the NCAA Tournament Selection Process

Eric ClingersmithContributor IMarch 21, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 20:  A general view of the opening tip-off between the Michigan State Spartans and the Robert Morris Colonials during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The NCAA selection process is an absolute joke that everyone just seems happy to accept. Everyone bitches and moans all year about the BCS process but gives the NCAA basketball tournament a free pass.

Sure you get a few hours on selection Sunday of people talking abut the dwindling number of mid-major teams in the tournament, but that’s about it. Say what you will about the BCS process at least its imperfections are right there for every one to see and discuss.

The BCS doesn’t hide behind asinine statements like “we don’t look at conferences just teams” as a way to hide the underlying problems.

The problem with the above quote, especially as it pertains to NCAA basketball, is that you may not look at conferences in terms of major and mid-major, but the entire season is designed to create those defector splits.

Just “looking at teams” is assuming a level playing field in terms of scheduling it’s like the imaginary frictionless plane in high school physics, it just don’t exist.

If the smaller schools never have an opportunity to prove there worth, how can you make an objective decision on that teams body of work? You simply can’t your data is faulty to begin with so any conclusions drawn from that data must be assumed false as well.

The situation that has been created by the big conferences paranoia of losing to a small school is an awful catch 22.

You can’t get an at large bid until you’re a big basketball school, you can’t become a big basketball school without beating other big schools, but you can’t play big schools until you are already big. How does that circular logic make any sense?

I’m not going sit hear in an ivory cubicle and say I know the answer, because I don’t; I’m not nearly that pretentious. I will say that in my opinion the NCAA basketball system has more underlying serious problems then the BCS.

The NCAA has created a self perpetuating system that favors a few big conferences, if this continues the inevitable result is stagnation, and eventually boredom. Who wants to watch the same handful of teams every year, to me, varity is the spice of life.

-EB

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