Don’t know if anyone else noticed or caught wind of this, but have a look at the attached image…
I’m sitting here pumped about my Coogs being in the dance, trying to find a U of H March Madness T-shirt, etc…
I found this one that looked pretty cool from afar…but upon blowing it up, I noticed the bracket image the T-shirt sports on the back was rather ‘incomplete’ – though the actual shown teams that made it (at-large or otherwise) are seeded and placed exactly as they appear on the actual bracket.
Notice how schools like Davidson (12 seed in the South) and Marshall (13 seed in the East) are missing on the T-shirt image – presumably because they had yet to clinch their respective spots in the tournament Sunday and Saturday, respectively – so that the shirt developer could get a jump on the design.
But also notice how our beloved Coogs are seeded as the sixth seed in the West on the T-shirt (against the still-undetermined San Diego State as of production) – exactly as they appeared in the final bracket.
Hmmm… So, if SATURDAY winners SDSU and Marshall are missing from this image, it looks like the committee may have already completed its seedings and pairings prior to Sunday (and maybe even Saturday) and were essentially going to just ‘fill in’ as the other bubble/non-automatic qualifiers earned their spots.
Thus, that probably also means the Coogs were locked in to their spot prior to the Cincy game as well – maybe even the Wichita game.