Selection Sunday always marks the start of a crazy few weeks in college basketball. The madness has already begun with some thrillers in conference tournaments, but the best is yet to come in the Big Dance and the NIT. With so much parity in college basketball this season, the tournament should be even better than usual.
The MAC is guaranteed a bid in both tournaments this year. The MAC tournament champion Buffalo Bulls will most likely be the only representative in the Big Dance from the MAC this time around. They also made a trip to the dance last year, which makes it even more impressive. To put it in perspective, that feat has only been accomplished in the Cleveland-era of the tournament one other time, and it was Kent State in 2001 and 2002. Are the Bulls good enough to make the Elite 8? Well, they aren't going to have a 30-win season nor are they as talented as those Kent teams, but the way they're playing, any opponents should be on high alert.
The runner-up Akron Zips' RPI climbed as high as 29, but they will probably be left out of the field of 68.
There's still important basketball for Akron to play, though. Keith Dambrot would probably tell you (and rightfully so) that he's not 100% satisfied with not making it to the NCAA Tournament. The record of 13-5 in MAC play was good enough to win the regular season title by two games, giving the Zips an automatic bid to the NIT if they didn't win the MAC tournament.
Akron will probably be the lone MAC representative in the NIT. The Ohio Bobcats may have a shot, but with so many good teams that will be left out of the NCAA to go along with a much smaller field of 32 make it a very outside shot. Ohio will most likely find a spot in the three other postseason tournaments.
Ball State and Central Michigan have already punched their tickets to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The CBI and new Vegas 16 may also find themselves hosting MAC teams in the coming days.
Here's how to watch the two big selection shows:
2016 NCAA Tournament Selection Show
When: 5:30p.m. EST on Sunday March 13
Streaming: NCAA.com or on the March Madness Live app
2016 National Invitation Tournament Selection Show
When: 8:30p.m. EST on Sunday March 13
Streaming: ESPN3.com or the WatchESPN app