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The 4 Biggest Snubs From This Year's NCAA Tournament

A general view of USC's basketball court.

LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 12: General view of the Galen Center on opening night before the women's volleyball match between the Stanford Cardinal and the Southern California Trojans on October 12, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. The volleyball match was the first event held in the new arena, which will also be home to USC's men's and women's basketball and men's volleyball teams. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

The NCAA Tournament is here. It’s Selection Sunday.

Hopes and reams hinge on the final games of Sunday afternoon. Bubble teams are waiting with baited breath on the outcome of the final conference tournament.

The final 68-team field has been named. Much like every year, there are teams deserving of the tournament who didn't make the final count, and their fanbases won't go quietly into that good night.

Here's a look at some of the biggest snubs.

St. Mary's

  • St. Mary's finished the season as a top-25 team, but found themselves outside the 68-team field on Sunday night. 28 wins against 5 losses wasn't enough to push the Gaels into the NCAA tournament this season.


  • Perhaps the team with the biggest gripe is USC. The Trojans were left out of the NCAA tournament despite finishing second in the Pac-12, while Arizona State, who was bounced in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament, made the 68-team field over USC.


  • Despite losing their coach before the season, the Cardinals competed well throughout a stiff ACC season. Louisville was bounced in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament by Virginia, officially ending its season.

Oklahoma State

  • Another team with a bone to pick is Oklahoma State. The Cowboys finished with a similar record to Oklahoma, and even defeated the Sooners in the Big 12 Tournament, but found their rival in the final 68-team field regardless.

Pat Forde provided an interesting reason for the potential snubs.

Now, we'll never know for sure if the NCAA decided to keep these teams out for a specific reason, but that's the way these committee's operate.

The NCAA tournament officially tips off on Tuesday.