Originally Posted by olbriar
Congrats on getting in. Luck to you as well in the tourney. Missouri can be tough so be ready. Their seed was a bit off.. agreed. In fact, I agree with all that you've said. This year's seeding committee had their heads where the sun doesn't shine.
I watch a lot of NCAAM basketball as well. I am far from an expert by any stretch but this is the worst thought out tournament in my memory. I seldom agree with the seeds... and there is always a case to be made for those that are left out.. but this years bracket could have been seeded better by my wife who chooses her teams by the looks of their jerseys. I see no conceivable way Colorado was left out of the dance. I'm a huge KU fan so I naturally follow the big 12 in a big way. I just knew Colorado was getting in.. just wondered how high the seed. Personally, I think they should have been seeded over KSU who they beat three times this year... and yet...KSU ends up with a five seed and Colorado is NIT bound. Colorado came within a breath of beating KU, they beat 11 seed Missouri, they beat 4 seed Texas, and they beat 5 seed K State three time. Man I don't get it. My only hope is this year's seeding is so poor that there will be some outcry for a more knowledgeable/fair seeding committee next year.
I agree Missouri is a tough first round matchup and they most definitely are better than an 11 seed. I know they struggle with physical teams that slow it down and can rebound the ball, which are two of Cincinnati's strengths. They also do a good job taking care of the ball, which is extremely important against a team that thrives on turnovers and pressure.
I see where you are coming from about Colorado and Kansas State did not deserve that high of a seed but here is what I can glean on Colorado's exclusion. They played a weak non-conference schedule with their top opponents being Georgia, Oregon State, New Mexico and Indiana, with only Georgia being a tournament team and they lost that game. They also lost big at Harvard (a solid team but still a bad loss), at San Francisco and at home to New Mexico. If you want to be a tournament team you need to do more than just have some big conference wins. If you play a weak non-conference schedule, which my favorite team Cincinnati did, make sure you win all those games. You can't schedule mediocre major conference teams and mid-major teams and lose 4 of those games.
Colorado has a beef but they can only blame their scheduling and uninspired play against clearly weaker teams. UAB had a weak resume too but they were regular season champions of their conference. Also VCU and Clemson challenged themselves with scheduling as Clemson played Old Dominion, Michigan, Florida State and College of Charleston (NIT team but very good mid major) in addition to their tough conference foes. The first three teams are all NCAA tournament teams and while they didn't win all of them they scheduled tougher.
Kansas State did lose to Colorado three times but also had a huge win over Kansas, and played Virginia Tech, Duke, Gonzaga, Washington State, Florida, and UNLV in the non-conference. VT and Washington State were both bubble teams and the others all tournament teams, with Duke and Florida being a 1 and 2 seed respectively. Everything else being equal I think scheduling is the culprit for Colorado.