March Madness 2014: Final AP Rankings, Tournament Snubs And Conference Champions

Jay Wright Villanova
Villanova was dropped out of the top five after losing their first game in the Big East Tournament. Reuters

The 2014 NCAA Tournament is set to officially begin on Tuesday with two first-round matchups. This year is no different, with some controversy surrounding the selection committee’s decisions.

The field of 68 consists of 36 at-large teams, in addition to the 32 conference championship winners. Most of the deserving teams made their way to the Big Dance, but there was at least one glaring omission.

Heading into championship week, SMU ranked No.25 in the AP top 25 poll. After losing their first game in the AAC Tournament, though, the Mustangs were left out of the field on Sunday. The team went 23-9 on the season, with marquee wins against Connecticut, Memphis and Cincinnati.

According to selection committee chairman Ron Wellman, SMU was left out of the tournament because of their weak schedule. Ranking 302nd, the Mustangs’ non-conference schedule was one of the worst in the nation. However, the team still fared well in conference play, going 12-6 and getting four wins against tournament teams.

A case could’ve been made for Minnesota’s run to continue in March Madness. The Golden Gophers played one of the toughest schedules in college basketball, with 10 games against ranked opponents. They have victories over Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Louisville, who won the AAC, wasn’t snubbed from the tournament, but they were controversially named a No.4 seed. The Cardinals are a top five team, according to the AP Poll, but could be forced to face No.1 seed Wichita State in the Sweet Sixteen.

The top 25 poll hasn’t seen many changes after the conference championships. Four of the top five teams remain in the same spot, while Baylor and UCLA have replaced Memphis and SMU.

Below are the updated AP rankings, as well as a list of all the conference champions.

AAC: Louisville                ACC: Virginia                   America East: Albany

Atlantic 10: St. Joseph’s Atlantic Sun: Mercer  Big 12: Iowa State

Big East: Providence        Big Sky: Weber State  Big South: Coastal Carolina

Big Ten: Michigan State   Big West: Cal Poly     CAA: Delaware

Conference USA: Tulsa Horizon: Milwaukee  Ivy: Harvard

MAAC: Manhattan      MAC: Western Michigan   MEAC: North Carolina Central

MVC: Wichita State     Mountain West: New Mexico NEC: Mount St. Mary’s

OVC: Eastern Kentucky Pac-12: UCLA              Patriot: American

SEC: Florida           Southern: Wofford             Southland: Stephen F. Austin

SWAC: Texas Southern  Sun Belt: Louisiana-Lafayette   Summit: North Dakota State

WAC: New Mexico State    WCC: Gonzaga

1) Florida

2)Wichita State

3) Virginia

4) Arizona

5) Louisville

6) Villanova

7) Michigan

8) Duke

9) Iowa State

10) Kansas

11) Michigan State

12) Wisconsin

13) San Diego State

14) Syracuse

15) Cincinnati

16) Creighton

17) New Mexico

18) Connecticut

19) North Carolina

20) UCLA

21) Oklahoma

22) Ohio State

23) Baylor

24) VCU

25) Saint Louis

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