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…teams like Oral Roberts (I am suspicious of how schools like Oral Roberts and Liberty are treated after the infamous selection of the undefeated Liberty women to be a 16th seed several years ago.), Drexel and perhaps Nevada over Texas, South Florida and maybe NC State.  As the announcer said on the selection show yesterday, it’s great that Texas got in after all those big games they almost won…  Well the NCAA Tournament is not for those who “almost” win games, it’s for those who DO win games.  Drexel for example won 19 straight games ending at the CAA Tournament final.  It takes work to win 19 straight Division I games.  Nevada won their conference regular season title (so did Oral Roberts) and that ought to count for something more than the NIT.

Granted, none of these teams did super great during the season or they would have been in the tourney.  All sorts of statistical arguments but I would select when in doubt the more stellar mid-major team over the major conference retread.  I do agree with Iona’s selection:

The Gaels’ inclusion is a bit of a surprise, but I’m glad to see the Selection Committee give a worthy mid-major regular season champion an opportunity. (Note that Drexel, Oral Roberts and Nevada were all in the discussion until late in the game, as all three joined Miami on the First Four Out list revealed on TruTV’s Hardcore Brackets program.) America wins with Iona’s inclusion, as they are truly one of the most fun teams in the country to watch.

Happy brackets!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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