Clemson, Texas Among Biggest 2019 NCAA Tournament Snubs

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Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Clemson Tigers forward Elijah Thomas

  • Even with a 68-team field, there are a few teams left out of the NCAA Tournament that deserved to play for the national championship.
  • Using Sean Koerner's college basketball power rankings, we highlight five of the biggest snubs from this year's bracket.

Bid thief. The two words that can crush a bubble team’s dreams. There were some surprise winners during Championship Week, which is bad news for teams hoping to receive an at-large bid from the selection committee.

Saint Mary’s upset No. 1 Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference championship game as a 14-point underdog. VCU’s early exit from the Atlantic 10 paved the way for Saint Louis to earn the league’s automatic bid.

Oregon, a 6-seed, won four games in four days, including a 68-48 thumping of top-seeded Washington in the Pac-12 tourney to force its way into March Madness.

The Zags, VCU and Washington were going dancing regardless of what happened in their respective conference tournaments. But the surprise wins by Saint Mary’s, Saint Louis and Oregon limited the number of at-large bids available.

Even with a 68-team field, there are a few teams left out that deserved to get in. Based on Sean Koerner’s college basketball power rankings, these are the biggest snubs from the 2019 NCAA tournament.

Clemson (19-13, 9-9 ACC)

26th in Power Rankings

Advanced statistics say Brad Brownell’s squad is a tourney team. Clemson ranks 35th in NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool), 29th in KenPom and 26th in Koerner’s power rankings.

On paper, the Tigers should be preparing for a first-round matchup, however, the committee couldn’t overlook a glaring hole in the team’s resume: 1-10 record in Quadrant 1 games. The Tigers had a chance to prove themselves but didn’t take care of business against the best teams in the nation.

Texas (16-16, 8-10 Big 12)

28th in Power Rankings

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