Two years ago, Syracuse pulled down a No. 4 seed and pushed all the way to the national title game before falling to CT.
"You see, schools like Rhode Island play games at a more reasonable time..." Meanwhile, Vitale was little short of apoplectic over the choice of the Oklahoma over Oklahoma State, which went 19-14 and knocked the Sooners out of the Big 12 tournament, at which point the Cowboys were 6-4 in their past 10 games.
The slate included four teams - No. 1 Connecticut, No. 2 Baylor, No. 6 OR and No. 8 Texas - that are firmly in the Final Four OR national title picture. Gonzaga broke through its glass ceiling a year ago, advancing to the Final Four for the first time. "It set off a group chat of my coaches".
The Rams are finishing their seventh straight week in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and have boasted an RPI ranking in the top 20 since their strong nonconference performance.
One last conspiracy theory: St. Mary's was snubbed despite having a 28-5 record and being ranked 28th by Ken Pom.
Said senior guard Gabbi Ortiz: "We have not been in this position before, so it is definitely nerve racking going into it". "We're not scared of anybody".
The Rams were a No. 11 seed last season, downing Creighton in their opening game, 84-72, and falling short against OR, 75-72, in Sacramento.
It wouldn't be a Selection Sunday if we didn't get a yearly reminder of the Power Conference bias the committee holds so dear. "I just think it's fitting".
Oklahoma State earned a No. 9 seed in the Kansas City region and will travel to Starkville, Mississippi to face No. 8 Syracuse in a 2:30 p.m. game on Saturday.
Sometimes, there are conspiracy theories, and this there were three after the NCAA Tournament field was announced on Sunday night. "It's anybody's game in the tournament and everybody is out to get you".