After Wichita State, a No. 10 seed, beat No. 7 Dayton in South Regional action Friday night, the coaches of both teams lodged complaints about the NCAA Tournament selection committee.
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said Dayton deserved a better seed, and Flyers coach Archie Miller expressed similar feelings about the Shockers.
Marshall, concluding his post-game press conference, said (via Chicago Tribune), “I'd like to finish by saying I believe Dayton deserved a better seed.”
Miller was more specific about his first-round opponent and claimed the committee was way off with Wichita State.
"(They're) like a 4-seed, like a 4- or 5-seed maybe," Miller said after the game, per ESPN. "Thirty-some wins, and you look at the numbers across the board. I mean, every coach studies the analytics. They're a team that can beat anybody on a neutral court at any time, and I wouldn't be surprised if they were pushing toward another second weekend. They're a great team, and they're really well coached, maybe as fun of a team to prepare for as we've had."
Marshall and Miller were representing the opinions of the nation’s non-Power 5 teams, many of whom do not believe they get a fair shake come tournament time. Marshall has been flying this flag for years, including after his team beat Illinois State in final of the Missouri Valley Tournament championship game – many bracketologists said the Shockers, despite a 30-4 record and solid NCAA Tournament history —needed that automatic bid for an invite to the Big Dance.
"They want to weed out the non-Power Fives as quickly as possible, it appears," Marshall said Thursday of the Wichita State vs. Dayton matchup."There's a lot of quality basketball being played at some of these places. I'll go a step further: There's a lot of bad basketball being played in the Power Five leagues."
Marshall and his Shockers get another chance to bolster their case when they face No. 2 Kentucky on Sunday in Indianapolis. Kentucky is a 3.5-point favorite, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers.