How Kentucky's win over Wichita State harm a NCAA tournament

There was usually one problem with Sunday’s Kentucky- Wichita State thriller: It happened about seven days too early.

Thanks to a NCAA contest preference committee’s rapist preference to endowment a No. 10 seed to a 31-4 Shockers group that was noticed as one of a best in a country, a diversion that could have been played in a Final Four and should usually have been played in a regional final or, during worst, in a Thursday or Friday Sweet 16 matchup, was contested in a early afternoon of a crowded Sunday of second-round basketball. It was a pleasant contrition – a good diversion that should have never been played. These are dual teams that should be in a Sweet 16 right now, prepping for probable classics in a informal semis or finals. They’re dual of a best group in a country. And now there’s usually one.

At slightest a Wildcats and Shockers put on a uncover we all hoped for and expected, with a tight, defensive battle, giving a contest a interesting 40-minute diversion it’d lacked by a initial 3 days. It was tighten throughout, conjunction group removing out to a lead some-more than a few points, and appropriately came down to a final seconds when Kentucky blocked dual shots, a initial of that would have given Wichita a lead with 12 seconds and a second that would have forced overtime in a many hapless assembly of a 2017 tourney.

This was usually the second time in NCAA story that dual 30-win teams were pitted conflicting any other on a initial weekend of a tournament, a slap in a face to both Kentucky and Wichita, who both had unchanging seasons that should have prevented such an early diversion conflicting a estimable adversary. Wichita State was ranked No. 7 in KenPom (the premiere potency ratings in college basketball) yet was deemed a 39th best group in a contest and given that squalid No. 10 seed. (Kentucky had been No. 5 in KenPom, by a way.) Then, rather than removing in a joint with some-more beatable No. 2 seeds such as Arizona or Louisville, Wichita instead got two-seed that’d handed them their many unpleasant detriment ever.

Back in 2014 a Shockers finished a deteriorate undefeated, going 34-0 entering a tournament. They were justly given a top seed yet unbelievably had Kentucky drawn into a same pod. This time, it was a Wildcats who were extravagantly under-seeded, utterly a prerogative for a group that was a initial group in 23 years to enter a contest yet a loss. “Congrats on your once-in-a-lifetime season. Now go kick once of a many successful programs in story to usually make a Sweet 16.” It’s like giving a child a automobile and revelation him he can usually keep it if he finishes a Daytona 500.

The teams were in conflicting situations this year, reduction a whole office of unblemished story thing. The outcome was a same: Wichita’s deteriorate was finished by Kentucky, so feeding into a fake account that mid-majors* are defective to energy schools and formulating a self-fulfilling seeding prophecy. The non-power schools are seeded feeble and so given harder games progressing in a contest that they lose, theoretically confirming to a powers-that-be that a seeds were right to start with and completing a round of basketball bias.

Wichita State is anything yet a mid-major, by a way. One of any series of examples: The group pays manager Gregg Marshall a income of $3 million, that is a ninth-highest in college basketball. That’s some-more than Jay Wright, Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams and Mark Few. 

But a Shockers did indeed infer that a No. 10 seed was a travesty. In (the littlest form of) fairness, it can be tough to know where to put schools such as Wichita and Gonzaga. When a calendar hits January, their schedules spin as soothing as a conferences in that they play. It takes story (going undefeated or finishing with a loss) to get a tip seedings and anything else is an forgive to treat them a same as a seventh best Big Ten school. This year, a No. 4 or No. 5 would have been appropriate. Even a No. 6 would’ve been okay. Everything from a 7 line and underneath was ridiculous.

Wichita State just missed completely display adult a preference committee. Either way, they valid a haters wrong and delivered a best 40 mins of a initial 4 days of a tournament. In an eventuality that’s been some-more bad than mad, a few finishes have anxious yet a games themselves have been uneven. The visit unfolding has been one group holding a large early lead and another creation a comeback. The finishes may be good, yet it’s preceded by 35 mins of dual teams personification during furious levels of opposite and roughly never good during a same time. The Shockers and Wildcats were different, personification a immeasurable infancy of a diversion within one measure of any other and keeping a diversion indeterminate until a finish.

Don’t cry for Wichita though. Yes, they were jobbed by a committee, again, yet they were going to have to kick Kentucky during some indicate if they were going to make it behind to a Final Four or win a championship. The group was good adequate to do both. After Sunday, maybe a preference cabinet will finally comprehend it.

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