First of all, how great is it that this thread is OT? Anyway, this is the time every year that the talking heads on ESPN are all up in arms about teams that got left out of the tournament. This year's teams are primarily Virginia Tech (again) and Colorado, with a little St. Mary's, Harvard, and Alabama thrown in. Personally, I think the committee wanted the First Four to be major conference vs. mid-major conference, and they thought VCU and UAB were the two best mid-major teams. I also think that the committee took records away from home to be very important. Examples:
Michigan on the road: 5-5, with wins at tourney teams MSU, Penn St., and Clemson. This is where the #8 seed comes in.
Penn State was out of the tournament up until they got to the BTT finals simply because they lacked good road wins. They had the toughest schedule in the Big Ten (only played Iowa and Indiana once each), with an SOS ranked #6 in the NCAA, and had home wins over Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Illinois, but their best road win is Minnesota in the last game of the season. That's why they needed to beat Wisconsin and MSU at a neutral site to get in. If they lost to MSU I think they were out.
Colorado on the road: 3-9. Wins at Kansas St., Texas Tech, and CSU-Bakersfield. Worst losses were to San Francisco, Oklahoma, and Iowa State. Also lost to bubble teams Georgia and Harvard.
UAB on the road: 9-5. Only four of those wins were in the RPI top 100, but that's 3 more top 100 road wins than Colorado has. Of the five losses, only one was to a bad team (Arizona St., in November). Three of the other four were to tournament teams Duke, Georgia, and Memphis.
VCU on the road: 8-6. This is the shakiest of the bubble teams, as they lost to South Florida, Northeastern, and Georgia St. on the road. However, they also won at Old Dominion, Wichita St., and James Madison (all top 100 teams), and beat UCLA and George Mason in neutral site games.
Strength of schedule was really important as well. Colorado played 7 teams with an RPI of 294 or worse. They finished 20-13, so they are a 0.500 team against the top 293 teams. Penn State didn't play anyone ranked below #230.
So who do you think should be in or out?