NCAA tournament selection winners and losers
Selection Sunday, just like a sports bet, has winners and losers. Some programs got the nod for the field of 68 while other had their NCAA tournament bubble burst. Here’s a look at three winners and three losers from Selection Sunday:
No. 13 Boise State Broncos (+50,000 to win NCAA)
The selection committee looked kindly on the Mountain West Conference this year, sending five teams to the tournament. The last one of those MWC teams to get a ticket was BSU, which will play La Salle out of the A-10 in the West Regional play-in game Wednesday.
No. 11 Middle Tennessee State (+30,000 to win NCAA)
You can believe some larger seeds cringed when they heard Greg Gumble announce MTSU had made the NCAA as an at-large bid. The Blue Raiders were upset again in the Sun Belt tournament, but unlike last year, they were able to sneak in. Middle Tennessee State is a live long shot if it can get past St. Mary’s in the Midwest play-in game as a 3-point underdog.
No. 9 Wichita State Shockers (+10,000)
The Shockers were another mid-major at-large bid out of the Missouri Valley. Wichita State is no stranger to the NCAA and was one of the Cinderella teams in that memorable 2006 tournament. The Shockers drew a No. 9 seed and are 5-point pups versus No. 8 Pittsburgh in the second round.
The Wildcats are the 20th defending national champs to be left out of the bracket and will instead settle for a spot in the NIT. Kentucky’s young and talented team failed to pick up any notable wins and an embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC tournament sealed UK’s fate.
The Terrapins' bubble burst on selection Sunday despite a strong run in the ACC tournament. Maryland went to the conference semis after scoring an upset over Duke – its second win over the Blue Devils this season. Unfortunately, those victories were overshadowed by a string of bad losses and a 3-5 SU finish to the schedule.
No. 12 Oregon Ducks (+15,000)
The Ducks made the field of 68 but got a huge slap in the face from the selection committee. Despite winning the Pac-12 tournament, Oregon was handed a No. 12 seed in the Midwest Regional and an opening game versus No. 5 Oklahoma State as a 3-point underdog.