Breaking down the bracket: What the NCAA selection committee got right — and wrong

It took 13 minutes of TBS’s annoying “Price Is Right”-style selection show to “unveil” the 68-team NCAA tournament field Sunday night, during which several messages became clear.

First, mid-majors need not bother playing difficult schedules early in the season because if you are from a so-called one-bid conference, a tough schedule and a first-place regular-season finish will get you nothing more than a home game in the NIT unless you win your conference tournament.

Second, even though the West Coast Conference produced a team that played for the national title last season, the selection committee still considers it a one-bid league – unless Gonzaga fails to win the conference tournament. St. Mary’s won 28 games and won at Gonzaga – and is headed to the NIT.

Third, if there is any way at all to get Syracuse into the tournament, the committee will find it. Few fan bases travel better. Orange fans will even go to Dayton, Ohio.

Notre Dame, Mike Brey and Bonzie Colson.

Then, finally, they got to the brackets.

South Region

There will be plenty of enjoyable games here, but the last snip of net will end up in Tony Bennett’s hands. This is Virginia’s year — finally — to go back to the Final Four for the first time since 1984,

Article source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-spt-ncaa-tournament-selection-committee-20180312-story.html

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