Welcome to the NCAA Selection Show open thread, where we’ll be discussing the outcome of the Selection Committee’s work for the NCAA Tournament field.
This is a white-knuckle moment for the Kentucky Wildcats. I personally do not think they have done enough to get in, and fully expect an NIT for the first time since 2009. That’s a huge disappointment for all in the Big Blue Nation, but it is part of the fortunes of college basketball. Consider the things that went wrong for Kentucky this season:
Nerlens Noel having a season-ending injury;
Twany Beckham hurt all year, and unable to contribute;
Kyle Wiltjer in a long slump;
Archie Goodwin struggling to shoot the basketball;
John Calipari never being able to reach this team the way he was last year;
These are all contributing factors to Kentucky’s surprisingly poor season this year, but they are not the only ones. There are legitimate questions about the commitment of the players on this team to they way they were being asked to play. It’s unclear whether it was due to bullheadedness on the part of the players, too much self-involvement, ineffective coaching by John Calipari and the staff, the wrong approach to these players, or some combination of all of the above. At this point, it doesn’t matter, and we’ll save that for the season postmortem, when that comes.
If you want a ray of hope to make the suspense more vivid, the Easy Bubble Solver still has Kentucky on the correct side of the bubble, and statistically, it is right 94.6% of the time. With that said, the EBS is not used by the committee.
No doubt if UK doesn’t get picked, there will be a tendency to second-guess the committee’s decisions about who did get in. No matter what happens, I feel like the Wildcats are not particularly deserving of a place in the NCAA field this year. If the last nine games are the main criteria used by the committee, it’s really hard to justify placing a sub- .500 team in the field.
Anyway, this is an open thread. Talk about the selection show, the fate of the Wildcats, all of that.