No ticket, no dance.
On Sunday, 68 teams were admitted to the 2021 NCAA Tournament, the first March madness since COVID-19 derailed last March’s tournament.
Complete table of 68 teams | COVID-19 replacement rules
However, for four teams, that hiatus will likely continue. The tournament, unfortunately, is not big enough for everyone, prompting some surprising snubs on Selection Sunday. Louisville was the headliner in the top four, along with Colorado State, Saint Louis and Ole Miss.
Those teams will still have a chance to play in the tournament, if the teams are forced to withdraw due to positive coronavirus tests before 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 16.
The first four teams eliminated, who will be on standby to replace any team from a multi-offer conference forced to withdraw. pic.twitter.com/nHhv1IvEjQ
– March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 14, 2021
NCAA tournament challenges
2020-21 record: 13-7 (8-5 ACC)
While this might come as a surprise based on the value of the name, the lack of a resume did bring the Cardinals in.
This year they dealt with serious COVID-related issues, with a 19-day hiatus in mid-February that helped torpedo their chances at dancing. They also had a 1-6 record in Quad 1 games.
To make matters worse for Cardinals fans, Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart, chair of the selection committee, explained why Louisville did not get a chance to play in the tournament: Barnhart cited the Cardinals’ resume and the strike of COVID as the main factors.
State of colorado
2020-21 record: 18-6 (14-4 Mouintain West)
The state of Colorado was on the move before a COVID-related strike halted its momentum in mid-February. The program ended up inactive for three weeks.
The Rams lost in the Mountain West Tournament final to Utah state, and surprising results in other conference tournaments (Georgetown destroyed Creighton in the Big East and Oregon State downed Colorado in the Pac-12) made the odds worse. for the Rams to make it to the NCAA Tournament.
2020-21 record: 14-7 (6-4 Atlantic 10)
Like Louisville, Saint Louis also faced a prolonged COVID-related strike, losing nearly two months of time in court. When SLU finally returned to court in late January, he was still in the top 25, but couldn’t recover.
The Billikens were a force at home (12-1 overall) and secured some key wins early in the season against LSU and NC State. Unfortunately for them, their lack of an extensive resume, due in large part to the limited number of games played, sealed their fate.
2020-21 record: 16-11 (10-8 SEC)
The Rebels had a pair of impressive victories over Missouri, which came into the tournament this year, but still found themselves the last of the replacement teams.
Ole Miss performed well down the stretch, finishing 8-3 from early February, but the conference record and lack of high-quality wins ruined it.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.