My point was that a lot of that poor fortune is self-inflicted.I agree with you that it technically shouldn't be that hard...but the point of my random stats is that for those of us at the bottom, it often is that hard.
You don't just fall into the tournament with the natural ebb and flow of players. Life happens, as we're all too aware here. I mean how many upperclassmen-laden teams have we had in the last decade? We have a single bid to show for it. Do you think Rutgers hasn't had any senior-laden teams since 1991?
I can't tell if you're saying that the ACC is too tough as a conference to get at-large bids or too easy as conference to earn at-large bids. It feels like you are talking out of both sides of your mouth.I also think it depends on your conference strength. From 2005-2013, the ACC accounted for 6 of the 22 at-larges awarded to the bottom 25% of high-majors. I don't think it was a coincidence considering the ACC was pretty wide open after Duke and UNC.
By the same token, the bottom 1/3 of the Big East juggernaut earned 2 bids in 9 years. We get to operate with the same conditions as those schools starting next year.
It's not as hard as you make it out to be to get into the tournament. You'll see.