I haven’t looked at the brackets all that closely yet, but what was the selection committee thinking with Butler? Granted, they’re from Indy, and I’m an admitted homer, but how in the world did they fall to a seven seed?
They won 13 of their last 14, were 29-3, won the Horizon tournament, and beat 10 teams in the RPI top 100. They also gave champion Florida it’s toughest game of the tournament last year, and returned almost all of their players. Oh yeah, they’re also ranked 10th and 12th in the nation in the two major polls.
They actually had a significantly worse record last year (27-6), but a higher seed (a five).
Also, how is Washington, D.C. hosting first-round games in the West bracket this year, while Denver is hosting games in the South and East?