HURT-A-'CANE: Miami got stuck with a #2 seed even though they did something half of the #1's didn't: win their conference tournament. Photo courtesy Kevin Hu/The Daily Tarheel

HURT-A-‘CANE: Miami got stuck with a #2 seed even though they did something half of the #1’s didn’t: win their conference tournament. Photo courtesy Kevin Hu/The Daily Tarheel

The beauty of the NCAA Tournament schedule is that it gives us three full days to analyze and pick apart who got seeded where in the bracket. It’s like the Oscars of sports, really. We can stand over the water cooler and debate who got snubbed, who got lucky, and who got exactly what they deserved.

And that’s exactly what’ll happen here right now.

Like any fan, as team after team flashed up on the screen — and as Greg Gumbel stumbled over line after line — several immediate thoughts struck me on what the Selection Committee did.  We can’t really call it “instant reaction” since, well, it’s the day after, so here are some initial thoughts on this field of 68:

RAIDER HATER: Does it sound like I'm saying MTSU doesn't deserve to be in the tournament? Good, then I'm communicating effectively. Photo courtesy Mark Humphrey/AP

RAIDER HATER: Does it sound like I’m saying MTSU doesn’t deserve to be in the tournament? Good, then I’m communicating effectively. Photo courtesy Mark Humphrey/AP

The Bubble Gets (Blue) Raided
I now have an unhealthy amount of hate for Middle Tennessee State and it’s not just because they were the one team I missed on my bracket projection. The fact that this team, having only one win in the RPI Top 100, could secure an at-large berth is downright criminal.

You want to know what they’re going to do in the tournament? We got a hint in their own CONFERENCE tournament: lose! I want the last team into the tournament to be a real potential giant

killer, not some powder-puff mid-major. You know all the hate Gonzaga is getting? Well, Middle Tennessee State is the UN-successful Gonzaga, so hate away!

Seth Davis’ defense for the selection was that it was a tip of the cap for them scheduling tough non-conference opponents. Okay, but what exactly is that worth if they don’t do ANYTHING against them? The irony in all this is the only tournament team they beat, Ole Miss, was very much on the bubble themselves before they did the one thing Middle Tennessee State couldn’t: win their conference tournament.

Ugh. That’s all I can say. Just, ugh. That, and….I can’t wait to hear Seth Davis’ apologist explanation if they get trounced by St. Mary’s.

The Committee Must Wear Under Armour
Look here, Oregon. If I were you, this what I would do: take a huge crap in a box and mail it to the selection committee. Why? Because that’s essentially what they did to you on Sunday.

Nike U. got the snub of all snubs when they were seeded 12th even as the Pac-12 Champions. I didn’t expect them to be higher than UCLA, who they beat for the crown, or Arizona, but 12? That’s as low as California who got eliminated days earlier in conference tournament.

And you know who else is unhappy about it? Oklahoma State. When they saw they were a #5 seed they must’ve been thrilled…for all of about 15 seconds. The other 12-seeds are Akron, Cal, and Ole Miss. The Cowboys are clearly thinking, “Hey, anybody want to trade?”

ON THEIR 'HEELS: Okay, so the ACC isn't what they used to be. But they're not as weak as the committee made them out to be with their seeding. Photo courtesy Gerry Broome/AP

ON THEIR ‘HEELS: Okay, so the ACC isn’t what they used to be. But they’re not as weak as the committee made them out to be with their seeding. Photo courtesy Gerry Broome/AP

ACC I Don’t C Getting Respect
We’ve talked about teams that got shafted, now what about conferences? Of their four teams as a whole, that honor clearly goes to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Miami became the first ACC team to win the regular season and the conference tournament and NOT procure a top seed. But this isn’t Gonzaga hate. No, the team that shouldn’t be up there is Kansas. If they wanted a top spot, they should’ve thought about that down at TCU.

Then there was UNC, a team who NEARLY won the tournament and was handsomely rewarded with a #8 seed. Ironically, it’s the same seed N.C. State received, who was eliminated by Miami the day before.

And then there’s Duke. Yes, I had them right there as a #2 seed, but if you told me Miami wasn’t it I’d say Duke would have to be. The Maryland loss in the conference tournament was bad, and, yes, so was the UVA loss during the regular season. But the Cavaliers had an RPI of 75. TCU? 237. Two hundred thirty-seven! Come on, now!

The A-10, On The Other Hand…
Despite what I’ve said above, I don’t hate EVERYTHING the Selection Committee did this year. For one thing, they kept the defending national champions out. But more impressive was the level of respect they showed Atlantic-10 teams in their seeding.

St. Louis, who started the year unranked and ended up winning the conference, nabbed a 4-seed. And fellow conference frontrunners VCU and Butler were right on their heels will a #5 and #6 seed, respectively.

But then the committee really stepped up by giving Temple a 9-seed. Even I, an A-10 cheerleader (not literally, of course), had them THAT high. Kudos to you, Selection Committee. Now, about leaving UMass out…

Home Is Where The Help Is
When the Selection Committee decided to place the Buckeyes as a #2 seed slated to play games in Dayton, they should’ve just saved everyone the trouble and bounced Iona, Notre Dame, and Iowa State from the tournament.

Oh, and it doesn’t stop there. KU in KC? Book it. Louisville playing in Lexington? Fuhgeddaboudit. As if being a #1 or #2 seed didn’t give you a distinct advantage already.

For teams pitted against them in those regional sites, the hill going up just got that much steeper. And when were considering major tournament upsets, if any of those three lose before the Sweet 16, that should weigh heavily in our minds.