Reags is joined by Sam Vecenie of The Athletic for this episode of the Fundamentally Sound Podcast. The two start the show talking about the big news of the day – the NCAA Tournament top-16 reveal. This is now the second year that the NCAA has decided to do an early reveal in February. It allows for a talking point and to see what the committee is currently valuing when it comes to the selection process. It’s also important to see the top-16 because the top-4 seeds in each region receive geographic protection. So after seeing what the committee has as the top-16 so far this year what did the committee get right? What were some egregious mistakes? Does it really matter at all?
Throughout the conversation, they go off on different tangents including what’s the fear for both Purdue and Xavier as national title contenders? Is Cincinnati a legit national title contender? Where does Trevon Bluiett and Keita Bates-Diop fall for All-American honors?
Then they really get off the rails and talk about possible open coaching jobs, the success of Vermont, how many coaches in America are true blueblood coaching options and of course the ridiculousness of the old Big East vs new Big East debate.