The Atlantic 10 saw three of its teams make this year’s NCAA Tournament this year in Dayton, VCU and St. Joseph’s, but conference commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade is still not happy with the Selection Committee.
McGlade released a statement tonight after it was learned that fan favorite St. Bonaventure did not make the tournament this year despite winning a share of the A-10 regular season crown and that she would be talking to the committee over its decision. McGlade’s written statement was posted to Twitter by Nicole Auerbach of USA Today.
It’s easy to see why McGlade is upset, especially since the Bonnies got the shaft while teams like Syracuse and Oregon State received at-large bids despite inferior seasons. St. Bonaventure, on the other hand, went 22-7 (14-4 A-10) in the regular season before losing an overtime stunner to hot-shooting Davidson in the A-10 Tournament. Despite that, the Bonnies’ season was strong enough that one would think they would make the big dance.
But let’s take a step back and analyze this further. There are 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament, including the first four, and 32 of those teams are in automatically because of being conference champions. On top of that, there was so much parity in college basketball this year that strength of schedule had to be a factor and with all due respect to the Bonnies, they didn’t really beat anybody notable outside of the A-10. Their one Power 5 opponent was, ironically, Syracuse, and the Bonnies lost that game 79-66.
Thus, though many would have put St. Bonaventure into the tournament field without question, it isn’t exactly a mystery as to why it didn’t make the cut.
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