WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For college basketball fans, it's the most wonderful time of the year as March Madness gets in full swing this week. Here in North Carolina, five teams are in the big dance – with the big three, NC State, UNC, and Duke all involved.
But is this year's bracket stacked the way it should be? ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas thinks there are some problems. He told Good Morning Carolina anchor Tim Buckley in an interview yesterday that teams like North Carolina and Duke have a legitimate beef with the selection committee.
Bilas thinks you could make the argument that Duke, or ACC Champion Miami could have been a #1 seed instead of Gonzaga. "These are arguable points" says Bilas. "But both Duke and Miami won more games against quality competition."
This year, both NC State and UNC received a #8 seed in their region. Bilas says that means it'll be tough for either team to advance, "You'd rather be obviously a 7 or even a 10 rather than an 8 or a 9 because you're playing the 1 in the second game of the tournament if you're fortunate enough to win the first game."
ACC teams like Virginia and Maryland were left out of this year's field altogether, which has some fans upset. Instead, smaller schools like La Salle, Middle Tennessee, and St. Mary's made the tournament. There's always an argument over whose resume is better, but Bilas thinks this year the smaller schools recieved preferential treatment.
"If we want a balanced national tournament and you want to say 'Tie goes to the mid-major' that's fine," added Bilas. "We just need to say that. What we're saying is, 'Who did you play? Who did you beat?' Well if [that's] the issue, than Virginia should have gotten in."
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The first four games of the NCAA happen Tuesday night, while the main action gets going Thursday and Friday.