Does NCAA error prove its biasness?

Yes, Vanderbilt blew it and lost to a fine Georgia Tech team on Sunday night. The same Yellow Jacket squad that won series against North Carolina and Virginia. Vanderbilt can still pull off a trip to the Super Regionals by getting the job done on Monday night. However, if you checked NCAA.com shortly after the game and weren't closely following the regional you'd think Vandy's season was done.

Yes, Vanderbilt blew it and lost to a fine Georgia Tech team on Sunday night. The same Yellow Jacket squad that won series against North Carolina and Virginia. Vanderbilt can still pull off a trip to the Super Regionals by getting the job done on Monday night. However, if you checked NCAA.com shortly after the game and weren't closely following the regional you'd think Vandy's season was done.

After the 5-0 stinker loss to Georgia Tech the NCAA's interactive bracket showed the Yellow Jackets as already advanced to the Super Regionals to face Louisville, which has already locked up its Super Regional appearance.

Vandy players should be fuming. Mistake or not, it was an insult to the No. 2 national seed to show their opponent as advanced before the regional was completed. While we are discussing the NCAA there are some other questions too. First off, why is a team that won series against two of the top five teams in the nation even in the same bracket with the supposedly No. 2 national seed? This is yet another case of the NCAA setting the Commodores up in a trap situation. The fact that the NCAA, likely celebrating the success of their skillful seeding, quickly showed the Jackets as advanced may indicate that that's what they were indeed hoping for. I may be way off base here but the way some of the brackets were set up it appears that was what wanted.

Nothing against the Tigers but look at LSU's bracket; Sam Houston State, Jackson State and Louisiana-Lafayette. I didn't research it but I doubt any those teams beat a top 25 program much less won a series against a top notch program. Again, I'm not taking anything away from LSU. They deserve a bracket like this just like Vandy does.

Why would the NCAA show such favoritism to certain teams and biasness against others when setting up brackets? It's simple, TV ratings. ESPN recently invested millions in televising every NCAA Tourney baseball game and the NCAA wants to make sure that ESPN desires to continue the arrangement in the future. LSU has a huge fan base and the NCAA would be thrilled, TV ratings wise, to see the Tigers are in Omaha. Meanwhile a team like Vandy will do little to help with ratings in Omaha. It's a small private school with a growing yet still small fan base.

Whether or not there was bias in the NCAA's regional setups, this Vanderbilt team needs to suck it up and get the job done on Monday against Tech. Then let David Williams deal with the NCAA during the off-season. Seeing their opponent already listed as advanced before the regional is complete should serve as extra motivation for these still alive 'Dores.


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