I put the odds at about 5 percent that Akron could pull an Air Force and unexpectedly grab an at-large bid.
They were probably lower.
Not only did Akron not receive a bid, but they also didn't make ESPN's list of 12 finalists for four spots.
I thought the committee would be kinder to mid-majors following George Mason's march to last year's Final Four. Only six mid-majors earned at-large bid, down from eight in 2006 and 12 in 2004.
- Miami, a 14 seed, will play Oregon. It would be nice to see a MAC school advance in the tourney to improve the conference's profile. However, the Ducks should easily dispatch the RedHawks.
- Niagara, whom Akron beat, is meeting Florida A&M in the play-in game. Kansas will await them in the West region. By the way, I don't see why you have one play-in game. Why not four?
- Oral Roberts, another Akron foe, grabbed a 14 seed. They will play Washington State in the East region.
- Nevada, a seven seed, will play No. 12 Creighton in the South bracket. That should be a great game.