It must be that time of year again: Sandy rants about how the NCAA field is not fairly selected. Well, it still isn’t!
I have suggested that Division I coaches and ADs should NOT select the NCAA field but rather Division II and III coaches and ADs. Yes, I know they have to leave the room when their team or conference is being discussed but I think that is not enough: It’s the integrity of the BRACKET that is at stake. I might not know where my school goes in but I can certainly affect the BRACKET they might play in.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again: BOTH the regular season and conference tournament winner should receive a bid to the NCAAs. The one-bid conferences do not get their best team in the national championship tournament but rather get the winner of the conference tournament instead. Ask the Horizon or the MAAC or the America East conference if they like the system as it is. Why not just have a tournament for the entire season and a series of exhibition games? The local sports writers could establish the seedings. The regular season only exists to establish seedings for the tournament. Fair? The NCAA tournament should have the best team in EACH conference.
Finally, if the selection committee reads a blog during an odd moment during the process today,let me give them some unsolicited advice: If the choice is between some retread in a major conference with a technically stronger schedule (say Texas or Seton Hall) or a lesser conference star with a superb record but probably played a lighter schedule (think Iona or Drexel) take the lesser conference star. After all, the retread DID lose many of the games. This might appeal to the NCAA: Those schools would bring excitement to the tournament and even buy stuff!
Here’s a nifty 96 team bracket from several years ago, courtesy of VR!