Update: Gonzaga obviously made the field as an automatic qualifier but we’re still awaiting its seed and region assignment. However, the big news at the top of the (AWFUL) selection show is that St. Mary’s missed the field after being squeezed off the bubble
during the last two days when Randy Bennett finalized his non-conference schedule. Losses by Nevada and Rhode Island in their respective conference tournaments over the weekend allowed San Diego State and Davidson to steal a pair of bids and likely did in the Gaels.
Additional bubble teams that failed to make the field include Baylor, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma. Arizona State, Syracuse, and UCLA all managed to sneak in.
Like they often do over the past two decades, the Gonzaga Bulldogs already know their name will be plastered onto a bracket during Selection Sunday. The only question remaining is where the Zags will end up?
Most brackets are putting Gonzaga around the No. 5 seed, but there is chance that the committee enjoys those advanced analytics enough to possibly propel Gonzaga to a No. 4 seed. Either way, we will have to slog through a few talking heads to get there.
The show has deviated its format in recent years, and NCAA, never one to stand pat when things seemingly work, has introduced a new wrinkle into the mix. This year, all of the teams that made the field will be revealed in the very beginning, and the brackets will trickle out over the course of the two-hour broadcast. Even dumber, THEY WILL BE REVEALED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. After that, we can expect talking from the heads of hosts Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson, alongside commenters Clark Kellogg, Kenny Smith, Seth Davis, and Charles Barkley.
How this is going to work remains to be seen. Two years ago, the Internet retaliated with an absurdly long, pointless, and overall stupid selection show by leaking the bracket before the announcements were even made on TV. Last year, the selection process went much more smoothly. This year? Who freaking knows.
The most important thing to remember, however, is to set your clocks forward. Otherwise, you might miss the excitement.
Selection Sunday Show Info
- Time: 3:00 pm PT
- TV: TBS
- Stream: Here