The 10 biggest Selection Sunday snubs
by Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports
Every year, the teams snubbed by the NCAA tournament selection committee get a few hours in the Selection Sunday spotlight before everyone forgets about them and shifts their attention to the 68 (used to be 65) teams that did make the field.
As the 2013 tournament approaches, USA TODAY Sports honors these teams by listing the 10 biggest snubs in NCAA tournament history. We also remind every ignored team, past and present, to stop whining. A snub in March usually represents a missed opportunity from November.
Drexel, 2012 (27-6):
What do 19 wins in your last 20 games get you? If you were Drexel in 2012, nothing but an NIT berth. The Dragons had the most wins of any team ever left out of the tournament.
Harvard, 2011 (23-7):
The Crimson’s résumé wasn’t overtly impressive until you compared it to other teams that earned an at-large invitation (UAB, in particular). Many analysts thought Harvard also deserved the spot that went to VCU. The Rams ended up advancing to the Final Four.
Virginia Tech, 2010 (23-7):
Of all the years Seth Greenberg had to complain about his Hokies missing out on an invite, the 2010 season was the most egregious. Virginia Tech finished ahead of at-large teams Wake Forest and Georgia Tech in the ACC standings, but were felled, as usual, by a weak non-conference SOS.
Syracuse, 2007 (22-10):
Is this the most famous snub in NCAA tournament history? If so, it’s because of the reaction it earned from coach Jim Boeheim. “You look at the numbers, and it’s hard to believe,” Boeheim said. “But it’s done, there’s no use in talking about it,” he continued, still talking about it. “It doesn’t do any good to get angry,” he finished, angrily.
Missouri State, 2006 (20-8):
The Bears’ RPI rating of 21 was the best of any team ever left out of the tournament.
Hofstra, 2006 (20-8):
Hofstra defeated George Mason twice in the final two weeks of the 2006 season, once at home and once in the CAA tournament. But on Selection Sunday, the Pride watched Mason get an at-large berth and then witnessed its conference foe … [For more on The 10 biggest Selection Sunday snubs in NCAA tournament history, click here.]