By Josh Slagter | [email protected] | Posted March 18, 2019 at 08:48 AM | Updated March 18, 2019 at 08:52 AM
At the end of the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, there’s always someone with a gripe.
Maybe it’s a bubble team that didn’t get in, or a debate over the No. 1 seeds.
This year, the complaint seemed to be a rare consensus: Michigan State, the Big Ten regular season and tournament champions, got a raw deal.
In beating Michigan for the third time this season in Sunday’s Big Ten tournament championship game, the Spartans locked up a conference double and were at least a shoo-in for a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
When the brackets were unveiled shortly after MSU cut down the nets, it found out its fate:
Yes, a No. 2, but in the same region as No. 1 overall seed Duke.
There’s long been the theory that with the Big Ten tournament final usually running right up against the Selection Show, the committee doesn’t account for the result.
(The timing of that is the conference’s fault, not the NCAA’s).
But why did Michigan State get placed in the East?