Another Way To Look At VCU’s Run

No. 11 seed Virginia Commonwealth just became the first team to win five games to reach to the Final Four.
They were one of the “beneficiaries” of the expansion of the tournament to 68 teams this year and only got into the main field of the tournament by beating another 11-seed in a play-in game.
The NCAA will most likely consider this a validation of the new format and insist that the play-in games (sorry, the “Opening Round”) are worthwhile and important.
They’re not. VCU’s run doesn’t prove that tourney officials were wise to include them. It proves that the NCAA selection committee did a terrible job this year

The Rams didn’t belong in the play-in game. They belonged in the tournament and they deserved a higher seed than an 11. Just like Butler deserved to be higher than an 8. And middling major conference teams like Georgetown, Tennessee, and Michigan State didn’t belong at all.

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