Sunday, March 17, 2013

Award for Most Disrespected

What team does the Prediction Machine think was most disrespected by the Selection Committee by being left out of the Tournament?  The answer will surprise most people: Iowa.

Iowa finished the Big Ten season at 9-9, ahead of Illinois and Minnesota, both of whom were invited.  Iowa never managed a single win against a ranked opponent but -- with the exception of a 30 point blowout to Michigan back in January -- were in every game.   They were clearly the equal of teams like Illinois and Minnesota.  In the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, they lost by 3 points to a very good MSU team.  But apparently the Committee drew the line at 8 invites for the Big Ten.

The Prediction Machine would have also extended invitations to Baylor and Virginia.

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