Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim wasn’t happy that his team didn’t make the NCAA Tournament. So he cited Michigan State as an example of what’s wrong with the selection process.
Tuesday, Spartans coach Tom Izzo responded and didn’t criticize Boeheim, whom he called a friend, but instead took issue with the selection committee’s inconsistency.
“I don’t know his situation. I do think he’s a very good coach,” Izzo told reporters on Tuesday. “I don’t think that was against me or our program. I really don’t. If I did, I’d tell you I did. I just think there’s frustration. I don’t feel bad about getting in. I think we’ve earned our right to get in. And yet, maybe they did too.
“I think that maybe it was more of a shot at (Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis) since he was on the committee, because if you look at the schedules and that and you look at everything … I’ve heard on my committee that I’ve been on that the RPIs matter none. And I don’t think there’s any question the RPIs mattered a lot. Every year it changes. I am not a fan of that if I was a one seed or a nine seed or a 13 seed. I do think we need to get some consistency.”
Here’s what Boeheim, whose Syracuse team is a No. 1 seed in the NIT, said.
“I love Michigan State, but they lost 14 games and they didn’t have as many good wins as we had,” Boeheim said. “Southern Cal, they always talk about did you challenge yourself in the nonconference, they obviously didn’t and their two wins were at home. There’s a little inconsistency there, but at the end of the day, it is what it is and there isn’t as much consistency as maybe you would like to see.”
Izzo went on for several minutes about the selection process.
“I can understand the frustration that coaches have because the rules of the game and the rules of the tournament are constantly changing, and so many of them we have no control of,” Izzo said. “Some we do. Some we do. But a lot of them, we don’t.”