Well, that’s a letdown.
The selection committee found it again prudent to reveal its top four seeds on Sunday afternoon. Notable in their absence was every mid-major school in the country.
Rhode Island, Saint Mary’s, and Gonzaga were deemed not quite good enough to earn a mention in today’s reveal.
This will undoubtedly be a disappointment for these teams who, to this point, have had fairly impressive resumes.
Gonzaga is looking stronger every day thanks to their early season beatdowns of Ohio State and Creighton, plus a neutral floor win over Texas.
Saint Mary’s, despite a sparkling 24-3 record and a road win over Gonzaga, was undoubtedly hurt by its weak non-conference slate and two disappointing losses to Georgia and Washinton State.
Rhode Island could certainly use another marquee win to add to its resume, and the relatively down year in the Atlantic 10 isn't helping their cause.
The good news is that there’s still a handful of regular season games to be played, as well as conference tournament season. The bad news is that, en masse, the mid-majors will be playing catchup this year.
Here’s the full list of the top 16 teams:
#MarchMadness Top 16 Seeds!— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) February 11, 2018
10. Texas Tech
11. Michigan State
12. North Carolina
14. Ohio State
16. Oklahoma#BracketPreview (as of today) pic.twitter.com/qn967GDjvY