MSNsportsNET.com – the official site for WVU Mountaineer sports – has the following quote in an article about WVU being on the bubble to go dancing.
According to West Virginia SID Bryan Messerly, only twice in the existence of the Big East Conference has a 20-win team not made the tournament: 20-8 UConn in 1980 when the tournament field was only 48 teams and 2002 when 20-11 Syracuse was left out. That means 107 of 109 20-win Big East teams have gotten into the Big Dance. That is 98.2 percent.
Will 22-9 West Virginia make history? Mountaineer fans certainly hope not.
Unfortunately for WVU and Syracuse University, both teams have made history. Neither Syracuse at 22-10 nor WVU at 22-9 were invited to dance in the NCAA tournament. If I were a Syracuse alumni, I would be outraged. As a WVU alum, I am outraged.
I am outraged that all the national news mention the blatant ignoring of SU but not of WVU. I am outraged because WVU should have played Louisville during the regular season which would have helped. I am outraged because WVU should have been in the tournament.
I am also outraged that a conference tournament champion – Niagara University – was told they had to play in the play-in game.