I’m With Dick This Morning

Well hey, I agree with Dick Jerardi, who, SURPRISINGLY, defends Nova against the NCAA zealots who, despite Nova’s bracket being a favorable one, seemingly made every attempt to screw them in an effort to protect North Carolina.

Mr. J?

Why did they flip regions for Xavier and Villanova when keeping them near home would have balanced the bracket and given both site advantages they earned with No. 2 seeds?

Kansas was No. 1 on the 68-team seed list, so Xavier as No. 8 would have fit perfectly in the South region in Louisville. Villanova was No. 7 and seemed a perfect seed fit in the East at Wells Fargo Center for North Carolina, which was No. 2 overall. So why is Xavier in the East and Villanova in the South?

Is the committee trying not to put schools from football conferences at a potential site disadvantage as higher seeds? The rules have always been that results can’t be anticipated, so if a team earns a site, it gets it, even if a higher seed might potentially be at a disadvantage later in the tournament.

Finally, a salient point from Dick. It’s so painfully obvious that the NCAA selection committee didn’t want to “punish” North Carolina by having them face Villanova in a potential Elite 8 game on what is basically Villanova’s home floor. But demz da breaks. Villanova played three games at the Wells Fargo Center this season, below the limit for deeming the WFC its “home court” for tournament purposes. They played by the rules. They earned the seventh overall seed, which, per conventions, should’ve put them as the two seed in the East. If the committee was going by location – which is often the fallback when doling out seeds and placements – then Nova obviously should’ve been in the East. So Dick’s conclusion is right– the committee wanted to protect North Carolina from playing Nova on the road. I can almost understand it if North Carolina was the runaway best team in the country. But they weren’t. They lost six games. Four since the start of February. I’m not saying Nova is better than them – they’re probably not – but North Carolina didn’t necessarily go above and beyond to deserve preferential treatment, other than being “North Carolina.”

But this is all nothing compared to St. Joe’s – who played very well down the stretch and won their conference – getting sent to Spokane, where a potential second round matchup against Oregon looms. That’s just cruel, and unfair. Kumbaya, St. Joe’s. Kumbaya.

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14 Responses

  1. Jay Wright said it best on 975 this AM – If Nova was the #1 seed the committee would have protected them, and that is what they would of wanted.
    So you cant be happy when it goes in your favor, yet, complain when it doesn’t.

    All the complaining sounds like an excuse when the team under preforms, yet again.

  2. So they wanted to protect UNC, and they have Kentucky as their 4 seed? I think I’d rather play Villanova right now than Kentucky.

  3. St. Joes did get screwed. They would not have been in the tourney if they didn’t win the A-10 tournament. Look what the committee did to St. Bonaventure.

    1. disagree, the committee showed that they didn’t take into account any of the games on sunday. Kentucky, mich st, st joes all had zero enhancements because of their win. Therefore, sju was in before sunday, the bonnies were ranked 79, even gw would have been ahead at 77

  4. So basically you are saying they should “award” Villanova and not North Carolina? I don’t give a flying rip if Nova “played by the rules” as far as playing at WFC, that would give them a clear advantage over whoever they are playing (if they don’t choke like normal in the 2nd round). By the way, UNC deserves preferential treatment, they produced me…what did Nova ever produce? Kerry Kittles?

  5. Wait, Kyle, are you saying that SJU will be out in the first or second round, and that’s a dig? Do a search for your wildcats since 2010…pot..kettle…black…

  6. Nova is huge fraud, coming out of the New big east. No Pitt twice, ND, Louisville, UConn, and Syracuse.
    Could easily lose to Iowa in their second game, definitely Miami after that.
    Their Seed is too high

  7. YOU ARE THE BIGGEST CRY BABY EVER! GET OVER IT! NOVA WOULD NOT MAKE IT FAR ENOUGH TO PLAY UNC ANYWAY! YOUR TEAM IS OVER RATED AS USUAL, AND THEY WILL SHOW THE WORLD AGAIN THAT THEY ARE NOT SERIOUS…LIKE THEY DID AGAINST XAVIER WHEN IT MEANT SOMETHING.

  8. Watching how bad they were coached the final minute, Nova doesn’t deserve a top 4 seed.

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