This Year much like all the previous years when the 65 teams were chosen to participate in the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball tournament fans of some of the teams that were left out were extremely upset and vocal. Looking at the results so far it is very hard to be upset at the selection Committee this year. They did an outstanding job, was it a Fluke
The selection process is fairly simply. Of the 65 teams who get in the tournament 31 are selected by either a Conference Championship or Conference Standings. The Remaining 34 teams are picked by the NCAA selection committee. After the Field of 65 are selected the committee divides the field into 4 regionals. Three Regionals have 16 Teams and a fourth regional has 17 teams. Each regional is then seeded from 1 to 16 with 1 being the best team and 16 being the worst team. The last 2 teams selected play an extra game sometime referred to as the “play in game” to determine the fourth 16th seed.
Every year the field is laden with upsets and Cinderella teams. A 12th seeded teams always beats a 5th Seeded team. Number 1 Seeds don’t make it past the 2nd round and some small unknown team makes it to the sweet 16 or Round of 8.
But not this year. All 4 Number 1 Seeds (Florida, Kansas, North Carolina and Ohio State ) are in the Final 16. Only 5 Teams Seeded higher then 4th are in the Sweet 16. The Highest Seeded team in the Sweet 16 is 7th Seeded UNLV. This year more so then ever the selection committee did an amazing Jobs of picking and seeding the teams.
As a fan of the NCAA I hope this year was a Fluke, I still long for the day when a 16th Seeded team does beat a Top Seed. Perhaps a Sweet 16 with no teams seeded lower then fourth or fifth.
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