Bonnies Screwed on Selection Sunday
When I woke up this morning I was oddly confident in SBU’s at-large chances. I thought even in a worst case scenario the Bonnies would wind up with a play in game in Dayton. Granted I didn’t feel so great Friday night, but after SBU seemingly had a number of things go their way in terms of competition, I felt really good about today.
By the time the selection show had started I had once again gone over every bracket imaginable online. Not only were were in, but we weren’t even on the bubble in a vast majority of brackets. It seemed it would take a historic snub to leave us out in the field. Our resume was very strong.
After the bracket was halfway released I started to feel a little uneasy, but was still confident. We had won the A10. Had a top 30 RPI. A good record vs. top 100 teams. No A10 champ, to my knowledge was ever left out. And teams with a top 30 RPI are maybe left out once a decade. The numbers made me feel good. I kept thinking about all the experts that had us in.
Then a “leaked bracket” was released minutes later.
At first I called Bullshit. But then it spread like wildfire on Twitter. By the time they came back to North Carolina’s match-up and the bracket was right I almost puked.
I knew the Bonnies had just become this year’s biggest NCAA snub and it was as sickening a feeling as I’ve ever had as a sports fan.
I’ve never waited on a selection Sunday with nerves, and I never want to again. Because after hearing names like Syracuse, Michigan and Tulsa getting in I’m not watching a second of this year’s NCAA Tournament.
I don’t care to watch anymore college basketball if it doesn’t involve my team, the one that just got jobbed.
The selection committee’s decision to leave out the Bonnies likely speaks of a few things.
First, they don’t give a shit about RPI. How could they? They let Tulsa (58) in and Pittsburgh (52) and Michigan (57) and Temple (60, as a 10 SEED!) and Syracuse (71)…
Second, they don’t think the Atlantic 10 is a very good basketball league. Because how on God’s green Earth could you leave out a team that one a top seven league in America? But Tulsa, they finished 5th in the powerful AAC with a 12-6 record and a putrid RPI….they’re in. We won’t get into how there’s an incredibly disgusting tie between Tulsa and the head of the selection committee…but there is.
Thirdly, they are money hungry bastards like we knew they were, but maybe forgot (I did). They want Michigan in. And Syracuse in and so on.
Because as much as they love a Cinderella story for ratings, what they love even more is letting in huge schools with massive alumni bases who play in power five conferences and the like. The NCAA is a corrupt as FIFA and anyone with a half a brain knows it. Again, I happened to forget this but tonight not only reminded me it hit me over the head and nearly knocked me out.
They don’t want St. Bonaventure in the field; that’s now a fact.
This evening has forever changed how I will look at selection Sunday.
Almost every “bracket expert” had us in. I won’t go into the hundreds of Tweets that chronicled our complete historic screw job by the NCAA stating record breaking facts in support of our team. Every selection Sunday from now until the day I die I’ll remember that this is a sham, that somewhere out there in the country some small school and their fans will have the hearts ripped out of their chest and stomped on by the NCAA who only gives a damn about money. I’ll think of that team and their fans and know their pain as only a fan of our team could.
If you want to say that this team knocked themselves out of the field on Friday night when they lost to Davidson I’d argue that every metric would say otherwise.
But Tulsa is freaking awful. Vanderbilt stinks. Michigan didn’t earn it and neither did Wichita State or that Jim Bey-whine and Syracuse.
Usually I’m all about saying, “the refs didn’t decide the game” or “it’s not the system”.
But not tonight.
Marcus Posley and Dion Wright, our two seniors deserved more than anyone to play in an NCAA game this season and they got screwed and it makes me sick to my stomach. I said on Twitter I hope the school says no to an NIT bid (I actually don’t even know that they can) but I’ll take that back because those two deserved to play again. They deserved a chance to play for a championship. They EARNED that right this season when they won an A10 title and beat St. Joe’s twice, and won at Dayton and beat GW and won 10 of 11 games.
But instead they’ll play in the NIT against North Florida or some other team no one cares about.
Shame on you NCAA, you suck.
Even Marcus Posley knows this. As he said in their presser, “It’s all politics, it’s all it is, it’s tough…but it’s really not in our control. To be honest I really didn’t think they would show any type of love for this school, and that’s a shame.’