The NCAA tournament selection committee ruled in favor of teams from power conferences on this year’s Selection Sunday, leaving several mid-majors with worthy résumés out and putting teams like Syracuse and Michigan in the field of 68. Wichita State was the only team from a mid-major conference to garner an at-large bid but the Shockers’ spot on the bubble was largely based on injuries, which the committee obviously considered. Tulsa, hailing from the American Athletic Conference, was perhaps the most surprising inclusion.
Here’s a look at the credentials of the most notable snubs and why they deserve be dancing instead of playing in the NIT.
The Hawks (27-7, 17-3) did what the committee asks mid-major teams to do: Challenge themselves. Monmouth played 17 road games and 23 games away from home. That led to victories against Notre Dame and USC. The fact that Georgetown and UCLA underachieved is what drained this team’s final RPI of 52….