Billikens Loses On Buzzer Beater, NCAA Seeding In Doubt


Mar 9, 2014; Amherst, MA, USA; Players from the Saint Louis Billikens rush the court after defeating the Massachusetts Minutemen at Mullins Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Saint Louis Billikens were one of the favorites to win the Atlantic 10 tournament in Brooklyn, New York. That hope was dash in a buzzer beater by St. Bonaventure:

So what does this mean for the Saint Louis Billikens’s seeding in the NCAA tournament? Nothing good. The NCAA selection committee is made up of athletic directors and conference commissioners. They have very busy day jobs and they only arrive in Indianapolis either late Friday or early Saturday morning. They do their best to catch every game but at the same time, they have jobs that prevent them from doing that. They will likely put Saint Louis into the tournament, however when it comes to seeding, that will likely get the biggest debate. The Saint Louis Billikens struggled at the end of the season. They have lost 4 out of 5 games and lost to some very weak teams in Duquesne and the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure. They don’t have any marquee wins except for VCU at home. They lost to Wisconsin and Wichita State in the non-conference. They couldn’t afford to lose this game but they did.

I see the Billikens getting anywhere between a 7 or a 10 seed in the NCAA tournament. It’s not that they aren’t good, it’s just their lack of a marquee win makes it a tough case for any seed higher than 7.

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