Monday catch-all thread (3/18/19)

Okay, so the NCAA creates a new metric to evaluate teams. By this metric, my team ranks 33rd in the nation. There are 68 teams that make the NCAA Tournament. While there are teams that get automatic bids who don’t rank highly, in the new metric, there are still plenty of spots available for a team that rates so well. But my team gets foffed so that a team ranked, wait for it, 73rd gets an at-large bid.

No truth to the rumor that the “C” in NCAA stands for corrupt.

It’s now officially baseball season. Let’s Go Mets!

9 comments for “Monday catch-all thread (3/18/19)

  1. Neal Katz
    March 18, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Brian, it is just like the Electoral College. At Large Bids are in place to keep it all fair.

    • March 18, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      They should have received an at-large bid.

      The NCAA created a metric based on what it felt was important. And then when it came time to make selections — they completely disregarded what they said was important. Look, it’s their game, they can make whatever distinctions they want. It’s just garbage to say, “hey, this is what we think matters,” and then when push comes to shove – completely ignore what they said earlier.

  2. March 18, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    It’s so simple. Let the conferences have their tournaments to make more money for the teams but eliminate the automatic bids these teams get just for playing well for a weekend. I know its just the NCAA but how ridiculous is it getting when teams that are barely above .500 are being labeled as “snubbed” (Texas and Indiana) Can you imagine baseball taking up this philosophy?

  3. Neal Katz
    March 18, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    without at large bids, would the tournament still have Cinderella Stories? Upsets like that are the best part of the tournament.

    • March 18, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      An at-large bid is given to teams that don’t win their conference tournament.

      No one is suggesting that they do away with at-large bids. Rather, this is just asking for the NCAA to define what’s important to make the tournament and then when it’s time to pick the teams – follow what they say is important.

  4. José
    March 18, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    What is NCAA? Is that related to basketball?

    • March 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      It’s the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the governing body for all college sports, not just for basketball.

      • Chris F
        March 18, 2019 at 2:42 pm

        Funny, not clear really what NCAA “really” stands for. I see it every day…

  5. MattyMets
    March 18, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    After my Badgers get knocked out in the first round I can fully turn my attention to baseball too. Now that the Big 10 includes 14 teams and half of them stink, Wisconsin racked up enough wins to earn a 5 seed largely by beating all the bad teams but losing every time against the better teams. They have one terrific player – Ethan Happ and he’s surrounded by guys who play defense but miss open shots. One of them is Allen Iverson’s kid. If UW manages to beat Oregon they’ll surely lose to K State in round 2.

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