That doesn't make it right.
"We're excited to compete in the NCAA Tournament again, which is one of the most unique and special events in all of sports", Florida Head Coach Mike White said. Selection Sunday is finally here.
And yet, it's hard to imagine there weren't some sighs of relief in the NCAA offices when some bubble teams' names were left out of the field. "Now we have to wait regardless of where we end up", Flanery said in a phone interview Sunday night.
At least Middle Tennessee can cling to the hope of sneaking into the NCAA thanks to an impressive RPI. So did Penn State, with three wins against the Buckeyes, including one in the Big Ten tournament.
There are always sleepers, mid-major surprises, and bubble teams that sneak in and go from the First Four to possibly the Final Four. Miami, Duke, and Virginia were able to take advantage of that over the last two weeks and teams will be able to do the same later in the tournament. They do own four Quadrant 1 wins and have a strong resume away from home, with victories over Texas Tech, Louisville, Providence and Butler, fortifying their case for a seven seed.
Now, it's on to the NIT for the Bulldogs.
But when the smoke cleared, there were no programs, players or coaches banned from the court. Those two teams were regular-season conference champions and came from behind to preserve their chances at a conference tournament title.
For most of the season, a majority of projections had Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan as locks to make the tournament. But that doesn't mean there won't be a few questions. Heck, the National Basketball Association has taken steps to cut back on the number of back-to-back games.
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Maybe if these tournaments were hugely popular with the fans, it might easier to justify their continued existence.
Will tournament seeding be as egregious as previous year?
And Oklahoma's one and done in the Big 12 Tourney.
When the latest info from an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe scandal encompassed more than two dozen programs last month, it seemed a given the NCAA tournament would suffer aftershocks. MI beat Purdue for the Big Ten title at Madison Square Garden, where more than 4,000 seats went unsold for the championship game.
The Bonnies (25-7) finished second in the Atlantic 10 and lost in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
But if Division I's average adjusted tempo is a little more than 68 possessions per game, per KenPom.com, there is a decided outlier: With 59.2 possessions per game, Virginia is the slowest team in college basketball.
We'll give Calipari the last word.
"I think the only way we can secure our spot is winning the whole thing, honestly", Mobley said.