After roughly four months of college basketball’s regular season, Selection Sunday finally happened and the field of 68 has been announced. Naturally, there were a few surprises and notes.
Despite the field’s expansion to 68 schools last year, Washington (21-10) became the first team to win the regular season title in a BCS conference and not get invited to the dance. The Huskies went 14-4 to win the Pac-12 title outright, but after falling in the conference tourney opener to Oregon State, they were left out. The slumping basketball conference received just two bids in Colorado (23-11), which won the conference tourney, and California (24-9), which made one of the four play-in games.
Kentucky and North Carolina received top-seed honors despite losing in their respective conference tournament title games Sunday. Missouri won the Big 12 tournament title in their final year in the conference and, despite winning 30 games on the season, failed to get their second top-seed bid since the field expansion to 64 teams in 1985.
No matter who makes the field, though and where they’re seeded, the tournament seems to always live up to its billing as “March Madness.” Enjoy the games.