Selection Sunday was today for those of you not interested in great things, and the NCAA Tournament begins this week, finally. However, I, with the rest of the entire country, had many problems with all of Selection Sunday, down to the very teams playing for the title.
Lets start with the show itself. The Selection Sunday show is always, always on CBS, has been since 1982. So what do they do this year, they change it to TBS, and it sucked. First of all, there was a delay, so the words didn’t match Ernie Johnson’s mouth, and there were people clapping in the background with no sounds of their hands, horrible.
Then, for some odd reason, the show announced the automatic qualifiers, and the at-large teams before showing the brackets into which they were placed. So the drama that we usually have throughout the show, ended very early for some schools. Also, the teams were announced in alphabetical order? And then the guys forgot how to spell, and announced TCU (Texas Christian University) after Tennessee, but I’m no brainiac.
Any-who, now to the bracket. Mostly I don’t really care, because Miami is a 6th seed and isn’t going to win anyway. However, two teams got in, and I am outraged.
- Oklahoma. Name me one player besides Trae Young on the Sooners, you can’t do it. The Sooners have an 18-13 record, along with a 8-10 record in conference play. They made it, instead of their in-state rival Oklahoma State, who beat Oklahoma twice this season, also swept Kansas, and on top of that has six wins over top-25 teams.
The Sooners have two games since February 2nd, and though they had success early on in the season in non-conference play, the reason that Oklahoma is going dancing this week, is that because of Trae Young.
2. Arizona State. Another case very similar to Oklahoma, strong team in non-conference play, starting out 12-0. The Sun Devils even had wins over teams like Kansas and Xavier. Fast forward to conference time, and they were a joke. They ended up 8-10, and losing 5 of their last 6 games, including a loss to Colorado in the first round of the PAC 12 tournament.
So why, why do teams like USC and Notre Dame get left out? It just goes to show you that the NCAA does not care about conference play, or how you finish your regular season, or what you place in your conference tournament. March has begun people, let the madness ensue.