John Calipari actually seems okay with Kentucky’s draw and applauded the Selection Committee for improved transparency…BUT, he did some some beef with the NCAA for one thing: the continued irrelevance of conference tournaments.
“This playing tournaments on Sunday is crazy. They should all end on Saturday. I will tell you that — my one comment is, tell us what these league tournaments mean before we start playing them. You’re not — the body of work is going to be the major factor — now listen to me –for all the teams. Not for one league it’s important and the rest aren’t important. All of us. League tournaments were not taken that much into account. It may get you in or out but you’re not going to move much on your seed because of a late season run. Or we go back to what’s your record on the last ten [games].”
If you didn’t catch on, it seems as though he’s talking about Duke, whose run in the ACC Tournament boosted them to a two-seed and had many arguing they should be a one-seed. It wouldn’t be Selection Sunday without Cal getting a subtle dig, right?
Cal’s other suggestion to the selection committee? Seed teams on an S-curve.
“I think we should do the S-Curve,” Cal said. “You go with the S-curve. The best one gets the weakest two and the best three and the weakest — and now, if that doesn’t quite work, then make some small adjustments within the seed line. But start with the S-curve.”
In case you missed it earlier, Kentucky was the fifth overall team, so the top two-seed, and if the NCAA had used an S-Curve, they would be paired with Gonzaga as their one-seed instead of North Carolina:
What kind of curve?