The Wildcats, who would earn a NCAA berth with a 17-11 record, were handled by the Bearcats before the selection committee made their selection.
With hope remaining for a berth, the only teams to come out of the Big East were Notre Dame and Louisville. The Irish defeated the Bearcats in the Semifinal round of the Big East Championships before winning the title by defeating Louisville.
Some teams who earned berths with records under the Bearcats were Alabama A&M (15-11), Kansas (15-14), UCLA (18-10), Kentucky (17-11), Nevada (18-12), Texas State (17-14), Texas A&M (16-13), Colorado (15-12) and Loyola, Ill (13-17) to name a few.
Some teams with poorer records earned automatic bids. The Big 12 led all conferences with seven teams (Kansas 15-14) being the surprise pick. The Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC all landed six teams each. The Big East saw three teams with 20 or more wins left home (Syracuse 25-10, St. John's 23-9 and Cincinnati 20-12).
Bearcat Insider would like to congratulate Coach Sunahara, his staff and players for a great season.