The Morning Mix


Today’s topic of discussion will obviously be Selection Sunday and NCAA Tournament preparations. Let’s get to it.

– Thanks to St. Bonaventure’s victory in the Atlantic-10 Championship game, the final at-large bid was stolen. It likely would have gone to Drexel, who was the biggest Selection Sunday snub. But should we really be pitying bubble teams that got left out?  BYU was the last at-large team selected. Game scheduling was based predominantly on geography

– With all the talks about the RPI, BPI and top-100 wins, it was the strength of schedule that made the biggest difference. Because of that, Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard said he’s going to revamp the Pirates’ schedule next year

– Jeff Goodman doesn’t think Iona deserved to be in the tournament. While the Gaels had a few blemishes on their resume, they play run-n-gun like an NBA team,  but with more effort

– John Feinstein explains why committee chairman Jeff Hathaway should be named MVP of the South region

Andy Katz takes a look at some of the early storylines of the NCAA Tournament

– Colorado wasn’t invited to last year’s dance party, so they are crashing it this year

Some advice to follow when filling out your brackets

– Dana O’Neil fills us in on her bracket observations

Should Vanderbilt have gotten a better seed due to their SEC Tournament Championship victory over Kentucky?

– Mike DeCourcy does not like that Kentucky and Indiana could meet in the Sweet-16

– Ten bold predictions for the tournament

– Rush The Court provides an analysis of where all the automatic qualifiers landed in the 2012 field of 68

– Mike Huguenin details which teams have the recipes to spring the early round upset

– Hey look, the N.I.T. brackets were revealed on Sunday as well

– In non-tournament news, Tulsa fired head coach Doug Wojcik after a 17-14 season. Apparently declining sales were a key factor in his firing