Michigan State Basketball was absolutely robbed of a No. 1 seed by the NCAA selection committee Sunday.
Michigan State Basketball knew it had to just win the weekend and the rest would take care of itself. As the nation’s No. 2 overall team, the Spartans’ victory over No. 13 Purdue on Sunday guaranteed a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament — or did it?
Nope. The selection committee swings and misses big time as it seeds Michigan State No. 2 in the Midwest Region despite winning the conference tournament, finishing 29-5 with nine straight wins and ranking No. 2 in the land with a win over No. 1 Kansas this season. A very interesting decision.
Not sure what would have happened if Michigan State had lost in the Big Ten Tournament title. Would it have dropped to a No. 3 seed? What if the Spartans be a No. 4 seed if they lost to Maryland on Saturday?
The lack of respect is real, but it’s exactly what Tom Izzo should want.
Mark Dantonio has been building a program based on performing against expectations for years now and apparently Izzo’s 29-5 team didn’t do enough to earn a No. 1 seed.
Wins against the tourney’s No. 1 overall seed, Kansas, Providence, Louisville, Florida, Maryland (twice), Ohio State (three times), Purdue, Indiana and Michigan just weren’t enough.
Virginia got the No. 1 seed in the region despite posting a 26-7 record, losing the ACC Tournament title game and losing to five unranked opponents.
Oregon was named a No. 1 seed despite playing in the less-impressive Pac-12, posting a 28-6 record, losing all six games to unranked opponents and a best win coming against Utah.
Oklahoma also had a No. 2 seed despite going 6-5 in the final weeks, losing in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals and Michigan State was 13-1 in final weeks, was ranked No. 2 in the nation and won its conference’s tournament.
Maybe next time Michigan State should just lose the Big Ten title game in order to get a No. 1 seed. That’s what Virginia did. Also, in what world is the Pac-12 a better basketball conference than the Big Ten?
The NCAA selection committee can expect a thank you card from Michigan State at the end of the season when the Spartans are cutting down the nets for the national title. This is the chip the Spartans needed.