The committee for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is just a few days away from selecting the 68-team field for this year’s event. They are also just a few days and a couple hours away from being dissected and scrutinized. Why did team A get in but not team B? A variety of things will ensue. Many of which are fairly boring. We will compare schedules, conferences, quality of wins and a whole host of other barometers that have been created to measure the differences between two programs.
Someone during these conversations may even utter that one team has more tradition, more heritage, and that is why they are in.
ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi won’t be saying that. He has made a living and a reputation out of predicting the NCAA Tournament. He even invented this space in the sports landscape of folks around the country making mock brackets all throughout the season.
“Little to none.” Lunardi explained to the Victor and Matt show on 110SportsPodcast.com in regards to tradition of a school having an effect on pushing a bubble team into the field. “In fact, it is specifically stated in all of the principals and procedures that past team or tournament performance is not to be factored in.”
The main impact of a rule like this is that a school like Arizona or UConn, with tons of tradition, will most likely have to win their respective conference tournaments to get into the “Big Dance.” But, if you are a fan of one of the schools, would you want it any other way? Earning a spot on current performance will always feel better than getting in on legacy.
“I think they work really hard to evaluate each season as its own entity,” Lunardi added. The selection process may have some imperfections, but this one point at least makes sense in the world of sports where you must always be continually proving yourself.
– For the full interview with Joe Lunardi listen to Episode 145 on 110SportsPodcast.com.
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