We're just minutes away from CBS's selection show, where Jim Nantz will tell you what lucky schools got an at-large tournament bid, and then Billy Packer will tell you why he hates them. Someone has to play the curmudgeon. Two years ago, St. Joe's earned the scorn, and last year, it was George Mason, among others from the Missouri Valley and Colonial Athletic Conferences.
This year's top candidate to be peed on Packer? I've got to think it's Drexel, should they get in. Joe Lunardi, ESPN's Bracketologist, says the Dragons are in, and they do bring with them plenty of hatred-fodder for Packer. They finished fourth in the CAA in the regular season, and they have losses to William & Mary and Rider, neither of whom are in the RPI top-190. Should they get in at the expense of an ACC team like Florida State, Packer could go off and call ESPN anchor Chris McKendry and NBA'er Malik Rose (both Drexel alumni) worthless sacks of gorilla urine.
Other possible targets of Packer contempt are Butler and Southern Illinois, but in those cases, the issue would be seeding and not inclusion (I'd hope).
At any rate, should they find themselves in Billy Packer's crosshairs, it's not anything they should be particularly concerned about. It didn't bother George Mason last year, and it'll also be handy to include in the pre-game motivational video. Really, Billy Packer's providing a service.