College Basketball Fans Outraged At NCAA Tournament Snubs

An unfilled March Madness bracket.


Year in and year out, fans of certain programs have an empty feeling on Selection Sunday. Many teams are just on the cusp of NCAA Tournament consideration, only to not hear their names called on that final day.

This year is no different, with five or six teams believing they’ve been snubbed by the tournament committee. Those fans are now flooding social media with reactions of outrage.

This season’s tournament snubs include a pair of ACC programs, as well as one from the Big Ten, Big XII, and SEC. That handful of teams includes Clemson, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt.

Each was on the borderline of getting into the Big Dance, but when the selection process concluded, they wound up on the outside looking in.

Fans of those schools have now gone to Twitter to vent. Take a look at some of the immediate reaction around the country.

For Clemson, the Tigers were looking to make their third tournament appearance since 2018. After finishing third in the ACC and taking down conference tournament champion Duke in the process, many believed it was possible.

Unfortunately, bad losses to South Carolina, Loyola-Chicago, and four-win Louisville team derailed March Madness hopes. It was a historic omission from the field.

Making things worse, the Tigers defeated both Pitt and NC State (3x) throughout the regular season AND finished higher in the league standings.


The Tigers weren’t the only ones feeling that way. League foe UNC also felt snubbed after being left out the tournament following a 20-13 campaign. The Tar Heels became the first No. 1 preseason team to miss the field of 68.

After learning its NCAA Tournament fate, UNC opted to remove itself from NIT consideration, too.

Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, and Rutgers consider themselves tournament snubs, too.

Fans of those programs posted similar reactions after hearing that they’d be left out the Big Dance.

Rutgers finished the year with 19 wins in a very competitive Big Ten. They notched victories over Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, and conference champion Purdue.

Oklahoma State supporters shared that sentiment.

The Cowboys won 18 games, including matchups with tournament teams West Virginia, TCU, and Iowa State.

Finally, the Vanderbilt Commodores were left out after winning 20 games in the SEC. Vandy beat Kentucky twice, as well as NCAA Tournament teams Pitt, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Auburn.

These tournament snubs have a grudge against the selection committee this Sunday. We’ll see how they respond in their respective postseason opportunities.