March Madness 4 - BCS Conferences vs. Mid Majors

Every year when the March Madness brackets come out, the same brouhaha breaks out about Mid Majors vs. Big BCS Conferences.

This year it is Arkansas, Illinois, Purdue and Stanford standing in for the big conferences vs. Drexel, Appalachian State and a few others (interestingly Syracuse is complaining too this year, rather disingenuously imo - 10-6 in the Big East is not what it used to be because of unbalanced schedules).

The argument it seems to me is simple - by and large the 5th, 6th and 7th place teams in the big conferences will be better than the "deserving" mid major teams. The question is not that for me, it is whether the idea of having the tournament include lesser teams - the 14, 15 and 16 seeds are mostly from tiny conferences where the teams are almost certainly not worthy in conventional terms - extends to the 34 at large bids. But who has a beef here really? Let's think about it on the flip.

I think the 6th and 7th place teams from the Big conferences have ZERO beef. If you can't finish in the top half of your conference, then you really have no right to compete for the national championship. The tourney can choose to allow you to, but you really have no beef.

By the same token, if Drexel had finished higher in the CAA, it finished FOURTH (VCU and ODU are 11 and 12 seeds respectively from the CAA), it would have been in.

I think no one really has a beef. What you have is a discussion of what the makeup of the tourney should be. Personally, I don't think any team that does not finish in the top half of its conference should be invited. That's my one rule.

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    My stance? (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Same As It Ever Was on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 09:05:37 AM EST
    When a 16 seed wins the tournament, I'll take these complaints more seriously.

    Gators looked good against a weak field.  I'm cautiously optimistic.  

    Winning by 20 means something (none / 0) (#2)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 09:08:34 AM EST
    Indeed (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Same As It Ever Was on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 10:41:47 AM EST
    But so does getting manhandled by LSU.

    I forgot that already . . . (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 10:49:09 AM EST
    But (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by peacrevol on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 11:30:28 AM EST
    A lot of people got manhandled by LSU. Most of them were early on. What happened? They were good and then they lost like 5 or 6 in a row. They didnt even get a bid did they?

    I agree except that I feel that (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by peacrevol on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 09:57:32 AM EST
    Kansas State has some beef. They finished ahead of Tortilla Tech in the Big XII conference. Tech beat Kansas once and A&M twice but finished 9-7 in conference play. Kansas State finished 10-6 and didnt get a bid, but tech did. Kansas State didnt have any really big wins, but they beat tech and they beat t.u. That's the only team that I know of that has a ligitimate gripe. I think tech just got in b/c their coach is bob A*HOLE knight. All the great minds in college basketball continue to suck his d* just b/c he had good years with Indiana back in the day. Now he's got a mediocre team at ttu, and they keep getting bids b/c of who their coach is. As you can tell, I have very little respect for bob knight or tortilla tech as an institution. Actually, they're a pretty good fit. Aholes employing a*holes.