2022 March Madness: Which Teams Got Screwed out of the NCAA Men's Tournament?

Mar 10, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA; Texas A&M Aggies guard Tyrece Radford (23) makes a three point
Mar 10, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA; Texas A&M Aggies guard Tyrece Radford (23) makes a three point / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Selection Sunday has come and gone and several teams have had their bubble burst by the Selection Committee.

With the NCAA Tournament filed of 68 set, let's take a minute to go back and look at the teams that just missed the cut: Dayton, SMU, Xavier and Texas A&M.

Let's break down some takeaways and why these teams just missed the cut in the eyes of the committee.


The Flyers had a fantastic 2021-2022 season, but came up short in the A-10 semifinals to the eventual champions Richmond, who played themselves into the field.

Dayton led by eight points at halftime in Saturday's semis, but guard Malachi Smith went down with a lower leg injury just before the end of the half and the team squandered a double digit second half lead. That loss, and subsequent Richmond victory in the A-10 title game, likely left Dayton out of the field.


The Sooners came on strong at the end of Porter Moser's first season in Norman, knocking off Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals, but it was all for nothing as the team lost in the final seconds against Texas Tech in the semis. A win there seemingly would have put the Sooners in the field.


SMU has been flirting with the bubble all season behind star point guard Kendric Davis, who averaged over 19 points per game, but couldn't grab a third win over Memphis this season in order to pad their resume on Saturday, losing 70-63.

The Mustangs come up just short on making their first Tournament since 2017.

Texas A&M

Buzz Williams Aggies became the talk of the college basketball world after making a surprise run to the SEC Tournament Championship game on Sunday afternoon, knocking off Auburn and Arkansas in the process, but it wasn't enough to make a late rally into the field.

Of course, the team could've locked up a bid on Sunday by beating No. 3 seed Tennessee in the title game, but the Aggies failed to do so, losing 65-50, as 6.5-point underdogs.

Texas A&M did have a strong candidacy to make the field, but did suffer an eight game losing streak in conference play that may have been too much to change the Selection Committee's mind.

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