Boeheim says Syracuse deserved to be in the NCAA tournament over Michigan State. He is, of course, wrong. Here’s why.
A look at some reasons the Spartans deserved to get into the NCAA tournament, even with 14 losses. There are those who say that the Spartans got in the dance on reputation and not on merit. Too many losses and no signature win on the resume.
Tom Izzo reaches his 19th straight NCAA tournament; his team begins at approximately 2:45 p.m. Friday in St. Louis
Spartans win the Big Ten Tournament with a 66-62 win over Purdue on Sunday in Indianapolis. It was the fifth tournament championship for a Tom Izzo coached team.
However, winning the tournament didn’t garner much respect from the NCAA Selection Committee as the Spartans were selected as a number 2 seed instead of the number 1 seed which many thought was a done deal prior to the championship game. I think the selection of North Carolina, Kansas, Oregon as one seeds were legitimate, but Virginia over MSU as a number one that many observers question. It seems the Big Ten as a whole didn’t get much respect as Indiana, the regular season champion, along with Maryland were all selected as five seeds and Iowa selected as a seven seed.
The toughest initial-eligibility requirements ever enacted start with the Class of 2016 and bring with them a new term — academic redshirt.
Beginning in 2016, the new term, academic redshirt will be implemented in an effort to allow kids to succeed academically in college.
The Big 10 basketball season looks to be very competitive for 2015-2016. The conference sports five teams that are ranked in the pre-season polls. Maryland (3), Michigan State (13), Indiana (15), Wisconsin (17) and Purdue (24) make up the five teams listed among the top 25 teams. Maryland is the favorite to win the conference and looks to have the strongest team on paper. Six of the seven CBS analysts predict that Maryland will be the conference champion with either Michigan State or Indiana closely behind. Michigan State and Indiana will be strong as well along with Wisconsin and Purdue. Other teams that will be in the mix are Iowa, Michigan and Ohio State. So it looks like from top to bottom, the conference is going to be very competitive.