Which NCAA Team Got the Biggest Snub? — Sports Survey of the Day
March Madness begins on Tuesday, with the four play-in games, then starts for real on Thursday. But on Sunday, we finally got a look at the brackets for the first time—and a few teams are feeling left out, forgotten or just plain insulted.
Pac-12 Tournament champion Oregon received a 12 seed, the kind of seed usually reserved for one of the last at-large teams let into the Big Dance, not, you know, a major-conference tournament champion. Sure, they’re in the bracket, but they can’t be feeling too good about what the Selection Committee thinks of them.
Defending champion Kentucky received the top overall seed for the second year in a row—except this year it’s in the NIT. The Wildcats join a dubious list of defending champs who failed even to qualify the following year, a list that includes this year’s top overall seed, Louisville, who didn’t make the final cut in 1987.
Along with Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama also won’t be dancing, leaving the SEC with just three teams in the tourney. The ACC only got four bids this year, meaning that Virginia and Maryland, who both had good resumes and come from a power conference, were left out.