After watching Selection Sunday, one thing became very clear to me. If you do not play in one of the major conferences, you have little chance of going dancing in March.
Sure, every conference gets an automatic bid awarded to the winner of their conference tournament, but I don’t think it is enough.
Out of the 34 at-large bids, only four went to schools from nonpower conferences. In 2004, there were 12.
Teams like Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, and of course UA, were the last teams to make the field. Smaller schools like San Diego State, Creighton and Saint Mary’s got snubbed.
I don’t want see the seventh-best team in the Big Ten or the sixth-best team from the Pac-10. I want to see a team that does not usually get to play in the national spotlight.
ACC teams get a chance to prove they can compete with the best every week. The Mountain West? Not so much.
I love seeing teams like George Mason shock the world. It is a lot better than watching the Wildcats make another first-round exit.