Monday, March 12, 2012

Which Big 12 team got jobbed the most by the NCAA Tourney committee?

Even with six teams in, the Big 12 didn't get a lot of love from the tourney committee.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 6:01 AM

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With six teams in the NCAA field of 68 teams (four will be eliminated by Wednesday night after four play-in games), it would seem that Big 12 fans have little reason to gripe. But this is college basketball; there's always some reason to gripe.

In breaking down the brackets, the Big 12 suffered from having Kansas, Missouri and Baylor beat each other up. The other teams that are in the field were considered good enough to qualify, and that was the sum of it.

Missouri can gripe ...because they lost to three teams all year (and one of those was the No. 3 team in the country, Kansas). They actually won their conference tournament as opposed to six of the other top seeds. And for all that, they'll hypothetically be playing the last two games of their regional final in Phoenix.

Kansas can gripe ...because they lost in their conference tournament just like North Carolina, Syracuse and Kentucky, yet they didn't end up with a No. 1 seed like the others. And if the seeds hold up, they'll be back facing Roy Williams and North Carolina in the regional final.

Kansas State can gripe ...because Frank Martin is the best yeller left. Also, a second-round match-up with Syracuse in Pittsburgh awaits a team that beat Baylor and Missouri (twice this season). First up is coach Larry Eustachy, formerly of Iowa State, who would love nothing more than to beat a team from his former conference.

Iowa State can gripe ...because a third-place finish in the Big 12 regular season and an early exit in the conference tournament (to Texas, a tourney team) is rewarded with only a No. 8 seed — the exact same seed as Kansas State. Plus, first up for Iowa State? Last year's defending champs, the University of Connecticut.

Baylor can gripe ...because Duke (the No. 2 seed in their region) has had their number (they denied the Bears a shot at the Final Four in 2010), and they've got two feisty underdogs in South Dakota State and UNLV as their likely opponents in the first two rounds.

Texas can gripe ...that they're not getting home court in the NIT. Seriously, Texas should just take its No. 11 seed and quietly try to figure out how to beat Cincinnati.

Which Big 12 team got the most jobbed by the NCAA tournament selection committee?

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