I know I'm tearing open old wounds, but it warrants revisiting.
This tournament has kind of been a disaster for the mid-major cause.
Everyone could agree that Wichita St wasn't a 10 seed. 9, 8, 7, or even better, but somewhere in that 7-8 range, right? And Wichita proved it deserved better, more or less taking Kentucky to the brink.
The problem is the teams on the 7, 8, and 9 lines seemed to prove themselves well. Arkansas took UNC to the brink, NW took Gonzaga to the brink, Nova lost to Wisky, USC beat Dook, Michigan beat UL. Those teams showing well just gives the NCAA ammunition to put the middling major teams in those seeds instead of the mid-majors. What we really needed were powerhouse performances from the teams on the top 2 lines, showing that Wichita deserved to move up the S-Curve.
But the even bigger problem is South Carolina itself. Don't be fooled, THEY ARE THE ENEMY OF THE MID-MAJOR. Go back to selection sunday, see who the bracketologists all missed the most on. South Carolina was probably the widest miss. They were my widest miss. They were grossly overseeded, should've been a 10 when they were a 7 instead. Right at that time, I identified them as the biggest committee mistake.
Now they "validated" that seed with their run. This is just going to motivate the NCAA to continue to overseed average teams from major conferences. Now, South Carolina proved it was better than middling, but of the next 5-10 teams that come along next year with the same type of resume that S Carolina had, almost all of them will end up being middling.
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