This whole set up just makes me sick.
A Butler win looks certain (now completed) and their speculation is solely on which BCS team gets an at-large bid that would have gone to Butler if it lost to UWM. This tourney is so corrupted. (MSU did get some lip service as again missing the tourney despite a good RPI)
For years I have maintained we need one extreme or the other: conference champions only (however determined by the choice of the league) or everyone gets into the field with 64 first round sites of 5-6 teams each with two seed and the other four drawn and organized geographically for the convenience of the fans. (My preferred solution)
I favor the full field and, although I favor class basketball in Indiana, I used the one class tourney in HS as justification for letting everyone into the tourney because certainly that would be fairer and more competitive (each school has theoretical equal access to all of the talent and has the same number of scholarships compared to schools of 4,000 students being grouped with schools of 200).
Worthiness for an at-large bid often ignores record or conference finish and comes down to SOS and wins against top 25 or top 50 teams. Ever look at the SOS of the BCS schools at the end of the OOC play. Most are ridiculously weak and most games are home games for them but they win a lot, have a high ranking and then even playing 500 in conference play lifts them to high SOS value and some wins over top 50's.
Now, we are deep into cutting the number of bids available to non-BCS conferences and matching up the best mid-majors in 8-9 games which immediately knocks out one of them and puts the other into a game with a #1. The field gets expanded to 68 and that just means 3 more BCS schools play and rake in more $$.
So, BANISH THE BUBBLE AND THE BABBLE!!