We need to replace the "Selection Committee"
Now many of you are probably saying that if Duke was number 3 in the polls, they should get a number one seed. True, they did win the ACC, but lets look at the other two candidates for that number one seed and their conference strength.
ACC- 3. Duke (29-5) 3rd in RPI 2 ranked teams in final poll
Big Ten- 5. Ohio State (27-7) 26th in RPI 3 ranked teams in final poll
Big East- 6. West Virginia (27-6) 3rd in RPI 5 ranked teams in final poll
Very valid argument for any of those teams to be a one seed, but the ACC was clearly the weakest of the conferences. And with Syracuse earning a one seed, why have two teams from the same conference, but i think West Virginia should have gotten that one seed as they have the same RPI as Duke, but has a stronger strength of schedule and wins vs top 25 teams (5-4 for WV vs 1-3 for Duke).
Another argument is why not base seedings on poll rankings. Even though it somewhat contradicts my last paragraph, some teams were grossly underseeded. Butler finished 11 in the AP poll and 8th in the ESPN poll, yet warrants only a 5 seed in the tournament? However a team like Georgetown, with 10 losses, and in the middle of the pack of the rankings gets a 3 seed, just because they are in the Big East? Why? just because Butler is a mid major, they get punished, and G-town gets rewarded for being in the Big East? A win is a win in my book. The coaches and pollsters obviously think that "mid-major' team belongs with the "BCS" conference teams if they are so high in the rankings. Here are some robberies and gifts that the comittee committed
TEAM AP ESPN SEED
Butler 11 8 5
Temple 12 13 5
Georgetown 14 15 3
Tennessee 15 14 6
Purdue 10 11 4
BYU 17 16 7
Baylor 19 21 3
Gonzaga 22 18 8
Northern Iowa 26 24 9
UTEP 27 25 12
The seedings pretty much make no sense and rewards teams from the conference tournaments. 4 months of play should not bubble down to a 4 day tournament.
1. Eliminate Conference Tournaments
As fun as they may be, i would rather see a 26-7 team represent the SWAC than a team who caught a hot streak and got in with a record of 17-16. The BEST teams should play in the top tournament. Period.
2. Let fans vote in the bracket.
CBS should hold a one-week voting window for fans to pick the seeds. This would make bracket filling much more fun, challenging, and rewarding. Billy may have got three of his four final four teams right, but Steve got the entire Midwest region correct. The fans should pick the seeds, and a small 4 person committee (one person from each host city) handpicked by the NCAA President determine where the teams go. They cannot change seeds, just put them in correct regions. The selection committee never ceases to amaze me with the teams they leave out, and the horrible biases they have. They need to go, and I think the fans can fairly place teams where they need to go, regardless of conferences.
3. NO EXPANSION PLEASE! 65 teams is plenty.
So there is my rant, and ideas on fixing problems. Let me know what you think below. Thanks for reading.