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Seven biggest Selection Sunday surprises
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 17, 2013 @ 8:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports
1. Gonzaga gets a No. 1 seed, while Duke and Miami receive No. 2 seeds.
The Zags had the weakest strength of schedule ever by a No. 1 seed. But Mark Few’s team lost only two games all season, one of which came on a buzzer beater at Butler. Miami may have won the ACC regular season and tournament titles, but losses to Wake Forest, Florida Gulf Coast and Indiana State had to weigh heavily on the committee’s decision. And though Duke had a stellar season, particularly when Ryan Kelly was healthy, how could the Blue Devils gets a No. 1 seed over Miami? The committee made the right call here. Also, you may be surprised to know that Dick Vitale disagreed with the decision to put Duke at No. 2. (Though, to be fair, he also praised the committee for seeding Gonzaga as a top seed. Then he had cake while eating it too.)
2. Middle Tennessee State gets a bid.
The Blue Raiders were going to be a key player in Selection Sunday either way. Their bid means the committee let in a team with one win over the RPI top 100. If MTSU didn’t get a bid, the team would have had the most wins of any team ever left out of the tournament.
3. Louisville gets the top overall seed and the Indianapolis regional to go with it.
It was all but assumed that Indiana’s path to the Final Four would go through Indianapolis. But on the final weekend of the season, Louisville stormed through the Big East tournament and earned the berth in the nearby regional. Indiana will instead travel to Washington D.C. for a potential (and juicy) Sweet 16 game with Syracuse.
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4. Mid-majors gets the final at-large bids over teams from major conferences.
Where’s Virginia? How about Tennessee? Et tu, Testudo? The biggest schools saw the little guys like Boise State, La Salle, MTSU and St. Mary’s. I’d be giving a standing ovation, if it was possible to type while standing and applauding. The major conference teams with burst bubbles had countless opportunities to win their … [For more on Seven biggest surprises from NCAA tournament's Selection Sunday, click here.]
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