Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott feelswas wronged when it wasn't selected to participate in the NCAA tournament.
Scott was blunt Monday in his complaint of USC's omission, and said he simply does not understand how a team with a resume like the Trojans' could be seen as unworthy of a tournament selection.
"Anyone that watched USC compete at the end of our season and at our (Pac-12) tournament would have no doubt they belong in the NCAA tournament," Scott said, per. "Anyone that watched our tournament would have seen that they dominated in their semifinal game and they were beating Arizona at halftime of the championship. I don't see how anyone can look at that team as strong as they are in all aspects of the game and come to the conclusion they are not a tournament team. Moreover, they're a team that would be dangerous in the tournament."
“I understand the complexities and the challenges the committee has and respect following their criteria,” Scott added. “But I can only be left with the conclusion that some of the criteria should be re-evaluated if a team that was No. 2 in our conference playing as well as they’re played, looking as good as they looked.”
USC head coach Andy Enfield was more critical of the snub, and went so far as to say he feels the decision was a blemish on the entire league.
"If all that matters is the quality of your best win or two on your schedule, then we should set the field in December after the out-of-conference was complete," Enfield said. "It basically discredited our entire league schedule and no matter what we or some of the other teams did during the Pac-12 or the conference tournament did not, obviously, matter."
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