Apparently. this has become a yearly event.
Arizona does not deserve to make the Tournament, having failed to even win 20 games, and still makes it, seemingly on name recognition alone.
Last year, the team was 19-14 and got a tenth seed. A lot of people, inexplicably, picked them to beat WVU in the first round. Well, they lost, and the game was not as close as the score (75-65) indicated.
This year the team, equally undeserving, actually gets a favorable matchup, and, in my opinion, will likely win the first round matchup against Utah. That team has three big wins -- LSU, Gonzaga, Utah St. -- and otherwise there is no reason to think it is a tough team.
In fact, with a ranking of about 30, it is hard to imagine how this team got a 5-seed in the first place, unless one figures the "committee" wanted a very conceivable 12-5 upset. This would kill two birds with one despicable stone -- give the committee post-hoc credibility in picking Arizona, and give the fans what they want to see, a 12-5 upset.
I am just already sick of seeing Arizona undeservedly make the tournament. It's only been two years, but in my opinion, it will keep happening until the school changes its name. And that will only happen if the state changes its name. And that will only happen if the state is overrun by outsiders, or if the US is taken over by Taliban.
I apologize if anyone is made upset by this little piece of ranting (like anyone will read it anyway). I just can't help but be incensed by the committee's failure to use logic in this one selection, for the second year in a row.