There's nothing like the smell of anxiety in the morning.
"Last year, we were just excited to be in the tournament".
This smorgasbord of unnecessary games has become another blight on a sport that already has enough problems, denying worthy teams their well-earned shot at the NCAA Tournament while taking an enormous physical toll on the players.
Out of sight, out of mind is always a problem in the media.
Georgia State and coach Ron Hunter are back in the NCAA tournament as Sun Belt Conference champions. Coaches do this more than anyone, some to save their jobs, some to promote their teams for higher NCAA seeds, some for boasts, some for a combination of all three.
No. 2 Duke - Normally, a team with Marvin Bagley III, Grayson Allen and Wendell Carter Jr. would seem a lock to make the Final Four, but the Blue Devils lacked consistency in ACC play. They will then reveal the bracket.
All come from leagues that won't get more than one team in the NCAA field.
Or will the committee consider that Louisville is 0-11 against the RPI's Top 50 teams?
ALBANY, N.Y. Alabama's Collin Sexton had one thing to say after another incredible performance: "Don't count us out". The Tide entered the day ranked No. 46 in RPI, sixth in strength of schedule, and had six Quadrant 1 victories.
"The committee's decision to focus on, for example, Q1 or Q2 wins, or Quadrant 4 losses, is a direct result of its desire to place greater emphasis on winning away from home, and to demonstrate how hard it is to earn those wins", Gavitt said. I get a lot more responsibility doing the pregame and postgame shows.
Creme said during a conference call on Thursday that the Cavaliers' improved nonconference schedule and their early success in ACC play will go a long way in the selection committee's eyes. "It's not up to us, but they without a doubt earned it". I think that's the past way to go about it.
Lunardi said he has had that conversation with Bennett, both in person and via telephone, and the bracketologist also recognizes it's not quite as simple as it sounds.
Because here are some more numbers: in the last 10 years, the Big 12 has earned 62 bids, won 79 NCAA Tournament games, made three Final Fours and won one national championship.
Both teams have bad nonconference strength of schedules, but MI had a much tougher road in the Big Ten, and finished with the 53rd-toughest overall schedule, while MSU finished 99th. But when MI showed up at the Breslin Center, John Beilein's team put on a clinic and controlled the game, for the most part, wire to wire.
So the end is in sight.