Does the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee watch the SEC Tournament? There’s no way it was properly taken care of. On the other hand, its message to Texas A&M – as well as ACC Tournament Champions Virginia Tech, if the Hokies don’t seed Duke Tournament 2 on Saturday night – is that their record is just good enough to generate should “The Big Dance” by winning the conference. tournaments.
Please ignore 5th Seed of the Auburn Overall Tournament lost in the SEC quarterfinals and the 4th seed of the Arkansas Tournament was eliminated 23-12 by Texas A&M in the semifinals. Saying the Aggies isn’t good enough, while letting Indiana on, the team’s record of losing games at the Big Ten Conference, as well as 17-14 Michigan, shows huge league bias. Either Indiana’s play was good enough to get them into the Tournament with Texas A&M through advancing deep in conference tournaments, or without the necessary merchandise to enter. This is the scream of cherry picking.
The Big Ten is the deepest league in America this season. Is it three? NCAA tournament team deeper than SEC? Is not. However, Texas A&M has settled to be the No. 1 seed at NIT, while Indiana will face Wyoming in the First Four, with the St. Strong Mary’s await in Round 64. The Aggies didn’t look good on Sunday, allowing the first 14 points of the SEC Tournament Championship against the 3rd seed of the Tennessee Tournament and rarely staying within striking distance. when knocking out Vols.
But before Sunday’s defeat, Texas A&M had won seven games in a row, peaking at just the right time, with the last five wins coming against teams appearing in NCAA or NIT tournaments. The Aggies had an eight-game losing streak in SEC play before the hot end, that seems to be why they are trying to do a Finals in New York City, as opposed to New Orleans. And yes, this is a completely avoidable conversation if Texas A&M loses in the second round of the SEC tournament to Florida, which, as it happened on Thursday, needs overtime to take out fellow NIT Gators, who currently does not have a head coach. .
Fueling the gaspers’ fire ahead of the decision to let Texas A&M go was the revelation of being the No 4 substitute, meaning the Aggies weren’t anywhere near the field going into the weekend. The No. 1 NIT seeds placed ahead of the Aggies are Dayton, Oklahoma and SMU.
Dayton was a powerful mid-level conference team that was accidentally knocked out of the Tournament by bid-stealer Richmond, a fellow 10 Atlantic team that defeated the Flyers in the league semi-finals.
How is Oklahoma 18-15 ahead of Texas A&M in order? Though the Sooners took down Baylor to begin their Big 12 Tournament journey. They didn’t make it to the championship game like rival A&M did.
One place ahead of the Aggies is SMU, another strong mid-level conference team that doesn’t have the same highs or lows as Texas A&M.
That four-team substitution strategy would not need to be in effect. The coronavirus-related pause in college basketball has not affected a team since the peak of the wave of Omicron variations.
The respectable teams with Numbers 69-75 from the non-league field can all have legitimate claims as to why they should join. That is adventure part of March Madness. No team within reach on either side of the bubble did enough to ensure the heart rate didn’t fluctuate on Sunday’s Selection. Some turned angry, some became relieved. It’s the same argument we hear every season from the 5th and 6th teams for the College Soccer Round and will continue to adjust as the field expands in the future.
Texas A&M shouldn’t have applied that argument and is on the wrong side of the cut. Aggies head coach Buzz Williams will use this situation to his advantage in the long run. He’s had a previous stop with years leading at least one Sweet 16, including a 2013 Marquette run to the Elite Eight. He’ll figure it out with tremendous athletic support in College Station. Unfortunately will have to wait at least until 2023.