Selection Monday 2019: No. 9

Selection Monday 2019: No. 9

Hello, friends. Welcome back to the friendliest time of year and the most-storied tradition of, like, all the traditions and stuff. We’ve reached the penultimate tourney of the first decade, and it’s hard to believe the ninth best friend will be crowned in a few weeks’ time.

Conference realignment

But before we get to the seeding, a little bookkeeping. In the offseason, the commissioner’s office met with the conference leaders of the CMA and The Daily to discuss the possibility of a merger. Marriages were forced to endure split allegiances, and both conferences were suffering image problems. The solution was for The Daily to absorb the CMA since each member of both conferences had worked at a student paper. (Plus, we couldn’t come up with a better name and logo.)

The commissioner would like to express his regrets that the impacted members were not informed of the action prior to its completion, but he hopes the friends will carry their pride and values forward into a brighter future as a unified conference.

“They were not defined by a logo,” he said, “but by the character and quality of friendship they brought to the tournament year after year.”

The conference will be jointly headed by the commissioners of the formerly separate groups, Chris Lusk and Lindsey Ruta Lusk, until the members vote on a permanent commissioner for future years.

Play-in games

As the tournament has grown, the field has gotten a little crowded. In recent years, the FMAA has allowed the 11-seed matchups to function as play-in games for friends on the bubble.

This year, Jace Melton (11 Belmont) and Jason St. Clair (11 Temple) of The Lounge Conference will compete for a spot in the East. Kaila Locke (11 Arizona St.) and Katy Schones (11 St. John’s) of The Pack-10 Conference will play for the West slot.

Best of luck to the friendly hopefuls.

Seeding

OK, finally the good stuff. This year’s tournament is stacked with experienced friends ready to take every opportunity afforded them and several new faces who showed they deserve a shot at the trophy with their strong regular-season performances.

Let’s get to it.

Ty “Bones” Calanni (8 Ole Miss, 9 UCF)
Big Eight Conference

Luke McConnell (8 VCU, 9 Washington)
Daily Conference

Matt Gallant (8 Syracuse, 9 Oklahoma)
Big Eight Conference

Emily “Lil E” Brake (8 Utah St., 9 Baylor)
Pack-10 Conference

Josh Clark (7 Cincinnati, 10 Minnesota)
Lounge Conference

Annelise Russell (7 Louisville, 10 Seton Hall)
Daily Conference

Mitch Czarneski (7 Nevada, 10 Iowa)
Lounge Conference

Micah Graham (7 Wofford, 10 Florida)
Lounge Conference

Scott Michael (6 Villanova)
Catholic 7 Conference

Craig “Creg” Marose (6 Maryland, 11 Ohio St.)
Lounge Conference

Jenneth “Jenny Boo Boo” Gilbreth (6 Buffalo, 11 Saint Mary’s)
Urb League

Jeremiah “Jer Bear” Davis (6 Iowa State)
Daily Conference

Jessie “Opie” Opoien (5 Wisconsin, 12 Liberty)
Daily Conference

Alexis Abraham (5 Mississippi St., 12 New Mexico St.)
Lounge Conference

Shawnaree Lee (5 Marquette, 12 Oregon)
Lounge Conference

Tarryn Anderson (5 Auburn, 12 Murray St.)
OKC Conference

Megan Crawford (4 Kansas St., 13 Saint Louis)
Urb League

Brad “Dad” Ackerman (4 Virginia Tech, 13 Vermont)
Lounge Conference

Adam “Duke” Kelley (4 Florida St., 13 Northeastern)
Lounge Conference

Jackson Anderson (4 Kansas, 13 UC Irvine)
OKC Conference

Keifer Truett (3 Purdue, 14 N. Kentucky)
Urb League

Chris “Big Bear” Silberstein (3 LSU, 14 Old Dominion)
Pack-10 Conference

Monica “Cashmere” Orange (3 Texas Tech, 14 Georgia St.)
Big Eight Conference

Greg Horton (3 Houston, 14 Yale)
OKC Conference

Jared “Jed” Lovelady (2 Tennessee, 15 Bradley)
Pack-10 Conference

Luke Olsen (2 Michigan St., 15 Abilene Christian)
Lounge Conference

Max Calanni (2 Michigan, 15 Colgate)
Big Eight Conference

Lindsey Ruta Lusk (2 Kentucky, 15 Montana)
Daily Conference

And here are the top seeds.

Austin “Steen” Dean (1 Virginia, 16 Fairleigh Dickinson)
Big Eight Conference

Jake Lovett (1 Duke, 16 Gardner-Webb)
Daily Conference

Brian Henry (1 Gonzaga, 16 Iona)
Big Eight Conference

Chris Lusk (1 North Carolina, 16 North Dakota St.)
Daily Conference

On a quick person note, the updates may be shorter, slimmer and less frequent this year than past seasons due to my demanding work schedule at the moment. I do hope we all have a great tournament and a good time connecting with each other more. Thank you all for being integral parts of my life, and I love you.

May the best friend win.