UConn’s Dan Hurley says the lack of Big East teams in the NCAA’s March Madness “sucks.”

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Dan Hurley wants everyone to know that the Big East was robbed.

After seeing his conference’s performances compared to others on Sunday, the UConn head coach said he was unhappy with the committee’s decision to exclude Big East teams, particularly St. John’s and Seton Hall.

“Look what we did in non-conference games. Seton Hall beat us by 15. We’ve won eight straight in this tournament, all by significant margins, but they were good enough to beat us, they were good enough to beat us.” “Beat Marquette. There should have been five or six Big East teams in this tournament,” Hurley said after UConn advanced to the Sweet 16 on Sunday.

Only three Big East teams have made it to the NCAA Tournament, and all have made it to the Sweet 16. UConn, Marquette and Creighton are the one, two and three seeds in the tournament, respectively, but the conference made it Nowhere else will I crack the field of 68.


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UConn head coach Dan Hurley yells during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Providence on Saturday, March 9, 2024, in Providence, Rhode Island (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Before the NCAA Tournament, fans argued that at least a few other Big East programs should have made it.

The Red Storm, which reached the Big East semifinals and lost to UConn, was the 25th team in the KenPom rankings, a college basketball and March Madness bible. They were the highest KenPom rated team to miss the tournament. Seton Hall didn’t rank as high (63rd), but as Hurley pointed out, beat both UConn and Marquette in the regular season.

Dan Hurley at the game

HOUSTON, TEXAS – APRIL 03: Head coach Dan Hurley of the Connecticut Huskies looks on during the Final Four championship game of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament against the San Diego State Aztecs at NRG Stadium on April 03, 2023 in Houston, Texas. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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When Virginia fell to Colorado State in the First Four, Hurley appeared to be right when he said other major conferences had “underperformed.” The SEC went 2-6 in the first round, with No. 3 Kentucky losing to No. 14 Oakland and No. 4 Auburn losing to No. 13 Yale.

“The mistake was made,” Hurley added. “It sucks.”

Head coach Dan Hurley of the Connecticut Huskies reacts in the first half against the St. John’s Red Storm during the semifinal round of the Big East Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 15, 2024 in New York City. (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


UConn will face No. 5 San Diego State in the next round in a rematch of last year’s national championship.

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