Everybody’s concentrating on Oklahoma State getting a bid, and it’s true, they sure as hell shouldn’t. But Southern Miss getting in with a 57 RPI? Who on the committee was determined to give Corky Palmer a going-away present?
I wasn’t real crash-hot about Baylor getting a bid either, after going 4-13 since Tax Day, including getting swept at Nebraska the last weekend. I don’t care if the RPI says you’re No. 1, if you get swept by Nebraska THIS year?… you don’t deserve squat.
And Kansas. Yes, they’ve at least played better down the stretch, but at No. 52 in the RPI, it’s a pain to the hearts of the Rhode Island Rams who finished at No. 53 and didn’t get in.
The other quirky thing about the field of 64? The curious picks to be No. 2 seeds. Here are a few I thought that should be viewed with a jaundiced eye:
- Oral Roberts is a No. 2 at Arizona State, after finishing with a No. 39 RPI.
- Georgia Southern is a No. 2 at Fullerton.
- Virginia is a No. 2 at Irvine, despite having a much better RPI (No. 6 compared to No. 18)
- Middle Tennessee is a No. 2 at Louisville, despite being four slots “worse” than No. 3 seed Vanderbilt.
More about the brackets later. These were some of my knee-jerk reactions.