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Failure personified

When the NCAA Tournament selection committee announced the field on Sunday, there was shock and dismay at some of the snubs as well as a few of the teams that made it in.

Every year this happens. Teams get in that may not deserve it and programs get left out that had a great case for getting in. But sometimes the committee's failures are egregious.

The decision to give UAB an at-large bid certainly qualifies as a huge goof on the committee's part. No disrespect to the Blazers, but they had zero wins against the RPI top 50 and finished just 1-3 against the top four teams in Conference USA. That included getting swept by Memphis. 

UAB's best non-conference win was against VCU. VCU received an at-large bid, but there were many who believed the Rams shouldn't have made the field either.

Clemson confirmed people's doubts as it smacked UAB, 70-52, in a First Four game on Tuesday night.

It wouldn't be fair to judge UAB's at-large inclusion on its loss to Clemson, but most observers, including many of the contributors to Hoops Scoops, were critical when the field was announced.

UAB was nowhere to be seen on our Bubble Talk list. In fact, few, if any, of the major media outlets that track the tournament had UAB on its bubble list.

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