I hate how the committee gives no love to mid-majors. Thats the beauty of march madness, its all about the upsets!!!! Of course the committee likes to pick teams that don't belong, but belong to a BCS conference, (Arizona) and leave out teams like St. Mary's.
My final four is Memphis, Michigan State, Syracuse and Pitt. I have Memphis beating Pitt for the championship. Calipari has done a great job, they are better defensively than last year, and Tyreke Evans is fun to watch.
Yeah, I am not pleased at all to see d@mn good mid-majors like St. Marys get passed up for mediocre programs like Wisconsin and Arizona who are just getting in on NAME recognition only. I am not looking forward to the games either (at least not in the early rounds since there won't be a whole lot of upsets). I got Pitt and UNC duking it out in the title game.
I seriously hope the NCAA makes a rule, stating that if you finish under .500 in your conference, you are not eligible for the NCAA championship. Seriously, Maryland finished 7-9 in the ACC and they get an at large bid?!?! That is a joke.
ESPECIALLY since the RPI is essentially calculated in the OOC portion of the season, before all the conference teams start playing one another. The BCS schools load up on non-conference home games and have a HUGE advantage in winning those games.
The reason I really don't like u.m. in the tournament is their road record: 3-8. Number of OOC road games: TWO. At Maryland (ACC/B10 challenge) and at UCONN. I'd venture most of the Big Ten is the same way. Put them on the road against other big10 schools and they stink....those same other big10 schools that have their RPIs inflated because of so many OOC home games.
I know the NCAA weights home games less than road games, but it still isn't a fair playing field when a team plays 90% of its OOC games at home. There needs to be SOME kind of mandate on scheduling by the NCAA...although why change now I guess. The tournament makes the NCAA fat cash how it is now.