One of the more entertaining aspects of Selection Sunday is to watch the reaction of programs seeing their name come up on the television screen. While making the tournament can be the minimal expectation for some teams, for others those few seconds on TV mean a little bit more.
Here are a few reactions from Sunday:
Cal Poly, which entered the Big West tournament with an 10-19 record before winning three straight to take the conference’s automatic bid, will be making the school’s first-ever Division I NCAA tournament appearance. And as expected the Mustangs are off to Dayton, needing a win over Texas Southern to earn a shot at Midwest Region top-seed Wichita State. (Video credit: SLO Tribune)
Harvard’s making its third consecutive appearance, and they’ll take on five-seed Cincinnati in an East Region matchup in Spokane on Thursday. Having been down the road before, the Crimson went with a more subdued reaction to seeing their name on the screen. (Video credit: Harvard Athletics)
Also among the more subdued reactions was that of Colorado, which is making its fourth consecutive appearance under head coach Tad Boyle. The Buffaloes didn’t have to wait long to hear their name called either, as they’ll play nine-seed Pittsburgh in a South Region matchup. (Video credit: Boulder Daily Camera)
Milwaukee held a viewing party for its team, and the Horizon League tournament champions will be headed to Buffalo for their NCAA tournament opener. The 15-seed in the East, Rob Jeter’s Panthers will play two-seed Villanova on Thursday.
Mercer is making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985, and they’ll play three-seed Duke in a Midwest region matchup in Raleigh. The fans in attendance even broke out the “I Believe” chant after learning of their team’s next game. (Video credit: Mid-Georgia Telegraph)
And lastly there are the Arizona managers, who decided to have a little fun after finding out (officially) that their team would be the one-seed in the West: