Originally Posted by Kiddlovesnets
Do you think the likes of VCU, Northern Iowa, Bradley and Bucknell could defeat teams like UNC, UK, UConn repeatedly as underdogs? Lets face it, you lose once or twice to mid-major league teams, it is coincidence and sometimes bad luck. But I am sorry, its 4 times in 8 years for Bill Self already and I wont be surprised if it happens again.
Every #1 and virtually every 2 seed that loses does so to underdogs. You're just too hung up on the mid-major label.
In the current landscape of college basketball, where a mid-major has been in the title game each of the last two years, with another in last year's Final Four, the term mid-major means little come tournament time. Those "middies" are loaded with experienced players, comfortable within a system and more physically developed than the big time recruits at larger schools.
It's not football, where weekly attrition due to injury exposes the difference in depth between programs. It's a one-and-done scenario, in the sport most affected by the performance of a single player.