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Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. St. John's Red Storm - NCAA Tournament Game - Recap - March 17, 2011 - ESPN

So, if Gonzaga beats St. John's by 15 in the first round, does it prove to anyone (other than me) that St. Mary's (tied for first in the WCC in the regular season, 25-9 overall) deserved a second bid for the WCC before the Big East got ELEVEN?!?!??! Every year the Big East gets to the tournament and suffers a series of embarrassing first round losses - and the next year, the committee addresses the situation by giving them MORE bids. Let's see, who suffered embarrassing losses in the first round today? St. John's and Louisville, both Big East teams. Now someone's going to point out that the conference was 4-2 today, but they were the favored seed in all six games, and Pitt over UNC-Asheville and UConn over Bucknell just doesn't say much to me. The Big East is a terrific conference. But St. Mary's absolutely deserved a bid before a team like Villanova that finished 9-9 in conference, lost in the first round of the Big East tournament, and has lost five straight. Oh, by the way, St. John's is now 0-2 against the WCC this season - they lost to St. Mary's back in November. UPDATE: The field is now down to 32, and Georgetown and Villanova have joined the list Big East victims - the Hoyas in spectacularly bad fashion. There were only five upsets in the first round, with a seed of 10 or lower advancing - three of those upsets came against Big East teams. (And, it must be noted, a fourth was a Big East seed winning as an 11 seed.) Every year, I think it will become obvious that the conference is overrated and should be given less consideration by the bid committee. And every year, they seem to get more consideration. So it's just weird. But 7-4 in 11 early tournament games, when the conference was the favored seed in 9 of the 11 games, is just not a good record. They consistently get too many teams in, not to mention better seeds than they deserve.

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