2014 NCAA Tournament Snubs

Despite having expanded from 65 to 68 teams a few years back with the creation of the NCAA Tournament First Four, we still saw a number of NCAA Tournament Snubs for the 2014 edition of March Madness. Topping the list of snubs for this year are Hall of Famer, Larry Brown’s SMU Mustangs. Alas, he will have to see how his team will do in the NIT and wait another year to try to repeat the magic that he weaved with Kansas in 1988! For this article, we focused on who DIDN’T get into the tournament vice some of the seeding surprises (Louisville as a #4, the difficulty of Wichita State’s bracket, etc).

2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Snubs

#1 SMU

Although the Mustangs were ranked #25 in the AP poll heading into 2012 Selection Sunday, had a 23-9 record, and generally had a decent year, they were left out of March Madness. Although SMU lost to Temple, South Florida, and then Houston in the first round of the AAC post-season tournament, they did sweep UCONN, and also defeated Cincy and Memphis during the regular season. Just goes to show you that the strength of the non-conference schedule can reach up and bite even a ranked team!

#2 Georgetown

Now, Georgetown’s overall record is what likely got them a ticket to the NIT vice the NCAA Tournament (17-14).

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The Hoyas did have some big wins this season; however, with wins over VCU, Butler, Xavier, Creighton, KSU, and Michigan State, many thought the Hoyas deserved a shot at the NCAA Tourney. Georgetown likely lost out with the NCAA Selection Committee; however, when they went on a five game losing streak in January and lost in the opening round of the Big East Tournament.

#3 California

California managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory over the back half of the 2013-14 NCAA season. Although they managed to defeat Stanford, Oregon, and Arizona during the regular season, the Bears were also bit by a pretty soft non-conference schedule. Add in the relative weakness of the PAC-12, and no NCAA bid for Cal this year!

#4 Florida State University

Similar to the Hoyas, Florida State’s overall record of 19-13 was not “awesome.” The Seminoles did have big wins over VCU and UMASS while also playing Florida and Michigan to two combined losses of three points. It almost seemed like the Selection Committee was not giving the ACC credit for their overall strength of conference with the snub of FSU for March Madness.

#5 Green Bay

Although Green Bay has a pretty respectable 24-6 overall record during the regular season along with a win over #1 seed Virginia, they were unable to win the Horizon League Tournament. As a result, the NCAA Selection Committee left the Phoenix on the sidelines for this year’s NCAA Tournament!

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