Coaches: New quadrant system hurts mid-majors’ tourney chances

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Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis and Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett, whose mid-major teams were snubbed Sunday, told ESPN that the new quadrant system makes it more difficult for mid-majors to make the NCAA tournament.

“The committee sent a message to me that it’s going to get tougher for everybody at our level to get an at-large with this new system,” Davis said. “You’ve got to be perfect. We only have a few chances, and they are usually either on the road or on a neutral court, where the Power 5 schools have six to eight opportunities at home in front of their crowd.”

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