Jerry Palm was right! USC does not make the NCAA Tournament. UCLA and Arizona State did. I thought being second in the Pac-12 and Pac-12 Tournament would be enough.
But the other truth is USC did not have quality victories. And the Pac-12 was not considered that tough, so being No. 2 is apparently not an accomplishment.
What a comedown for a team ranked No. 10 in the preseason. Even with the losses of De’Anthony Melton and Bennie Boatwright, USC should have breezed into the tournament. But losing at the Galen Center to UCLA was pretty bad. And Washington at the Galen Center. And Princeton at the Galen Center.
USC, with an RPI of 34, is the highest-ranked major conference team ever left out of the NCAA Tournament in the 68-team era.
Bruce Rasmussen, chair of NCAA Tournament selection committee, on Arizona State making the field over USC: “(Arizona State) had a couple outstanding wins early.”
UPDATED: Here is Andy Enfield’s reaction: “We were in shock. I don’t think anyone saw this coming.
“Our team is very disappointed we did not get in the NCAA Tournament. We have 11 wins away from home. And supposedly road wins and neutral wins were valued. Including a lot of Quad 1 and Quad 2 wins.
“If all that matters is the quality of your best win or two on your schedule, then we should set the field in December after the out of conference is complete. They basically discredited our entire league schedule.”