Today is Monday, March 16th. Otherwise known as the day after Selection Sunday. Instead of jumping right into the brackets, we’ll take our time and ease you into ’em. So look for our previews and picks on either tomorrow or Wednesday. Or maybe even both days. That’s just how we roll. But for now, how about we examine some streaks that came to an end, some streaks that were kept alive, and some streaks that should have ended. Ah, the unlimited angles of March Madness. Don’t you just love it?
Streaks that came to an end
– Kentucky’s streak of consecutive tournament bids
Billy, Billy, Billy. The Wildcat faithful can’t be happy with you right now. I’ll be on the lookout for the pictures of your lawn littered with “For Sale” signs.
– FSU’s streak of consecutive NIT bids
Oh, you didn’t know? FSU finally made the field. No, not the NIT field. The NCAA field. Get used to it!
– Billy Packer’s streak of fighting with the NCAA committee chair
Bill Packer attacking the chair for the committee’s picks is an annual event of Selection Sunday. This year, there was none of that and none of Packer. It may take me a while to get over the fact that March Madness will be minus Packer. Ok, I’m over it.
Streaks that were kept alive
– Duke being sent to Greensboro
I’ll admit, I’m too lazy to research this but it seems if Greensboro is regional site, Duke is headed there.
– Florida streak of consecutive NIT bids
Yeah, I know it’s only 2, but it’s still a streak. Eat it Gators!
– A sucky SEC team wins the sucky SEC tournament
Last year, it was Georgia. This year it’s Mississippi State. What can I say, the SEC sucks.
– Dick Vitale saying “his heart goes out to those kids that didn’t make the touney”
Dick, every year your heart goes out to the teams that didn’t win enough to make the field. It’s
getting old. Either they go out and get some wins next year or we can always expand the field to 4,096 teams. Your choice, Dick.
Streaks that should have ended
– Arizona’s streak of consecutive tournament bids
Check the resume. They shouldn’t be in. When they get bounced in the first round, I’ll be here to say, “I told you so”. When they make a run to the Elite Eight, I’ll be here, but I’ll continue on like I never wrote this post.
BYU vs Texas A&M in the 1st round
Doubt many people were interested in this game last year. So what does the committee do? Dial up the same match up again.
We do what we want. And you can’t do a thing about it.
NCAA tournament committee
– Bob Knight’s analysis on each bracket
Yes, it’s only the first year but it feels like I sat through 10 years of analysis. It takes him 30 minutes just to get his point across. And I’m still wondering why he doesn’t have to adhere to ESPN’s dress code.