“If the Big Ten gets eight bids, the selection committee should be disbanded,” the Washington Post’s John Feinstein told me Thursday. “The committee should be ashamed of itself if the Big Ten gets eight. The Big Ten deserve two bids.”
Strong words. Granted the whole thing is a bit of a house of cards as two-thirds of the season is played against one’s own conference, but certainly there’s enough data (including head-to-head) to compare these teams and the strength of the conferences. Two teams from the Big Ten?
Take one of the last few Big Ten teams that’ll likely get in–Michigan. Throw out the conference record as Feinstein might do. Losses at Maryland (barely), at Connecticut (barely) and in New York against Duke. Wins in the rematch with Duke and on the road against UCLA. Minnesota, a team probably slotted below Michigan, beat likely #1 seed Louisville. How has the Big Ten not demonstrated its worthiness? Is he pinning this on Michigan State’s struggle at
the Palace Ford Field against North Carolina?
If I’m Feinstein, I’d direct my guns at the idea of a single conference getting three #1 seeds.