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Six biggest tournament snubs


With three extra spots and very few conference tournament upsets shrinking the bubble, this might not be the best year to claim you were snubbed. That said, each of the teams below (in alphabetical order) can argue that its profile was more worthy than one or more of the teams that made the field of 68:

Alabama (21-11, 12-4 SEC; RPI: 80, SOS: 114)The RPI was always a major red flag and the Tide ended up being punished for their terrible nonleague performance against a bad schedule. They had a couple chances late to consolidate their résumé and missed on them. Getting handled easily by Kentucky in the SEC semis wasn't a great final impression.

Boston College (20-12, 9-7 ACC; RPI: 58, SOS: 38)The Eagles got crushed in a win-and-maybe-in ACC quarterfinal against Clemson and that was pretty much that. They had one top-60 win all season and were swept by Clemson (although they swept Virginia Tech). Just 7-11 against the top 100, too. Just lacking in quality wins.

Colorado (20-13, 8-8 Big 12; RPI: 65, SOS: 49)Five legit wins apparently were not enough as the weakness of the Buffs' nonconference slate, their suspect RPI and questionable record away from Boulder helped to undo them.

Harvard (21-6, 12-2 Ivy; RPI: 35, SOS: 140)The Crimson had Princeton swipe the Ivy's auto bid at the buzzer in a one-game playoff and then suffered a second cruel twist when the committee didn't think enough of them as an at-large. The RPI is very solid, but the lack of schedule strength and missing on a couple of chances in nonleague play was the difference.

Saint Mary's (23-8, 11-3 WCC; RPI: 46, SOS: 102)The overall profile was really lacking in heft, and the Gaels whiffed on four straight chances down the stretch to firm things up. They lost at 300+ RPI San Diego, lost at home to Utah State, lost at home to the Zags and then lost again to the Zags for the auto bid. That's asking for a snub.

Virginia Tech (21-11, 9-7; RPI: 61, SOS: 75)The win over Duke wasn't enough to salvage a soft profile and Seth Greenberg's Hokies miss the dance again. They had several chances down the stretch to more or less ice things and let too many of them slide. Beating FSU without Chris Singleton evidently wasn't quite sufficient.