This nails it. There was a time - not long ago - when you sort of assumed that you had to have at least a .500 conference record to get in. Don't think it was ever a "rule" but it generally was applied like one. That was when the ACC had 9 teams. When the ACC expanded are brought in more good BB teams they made exceptions to that rule. Now they have disregarded it completely and I think that is BS. Not saying an above .500 conference record should get you in - but if you can't finish even .500 in your conference (maybe including conference tournament games) then you do NOT belong in the NCAA tournament (absent extraordinary circumstances i.e. a very key player missing a month during the conference season and being back by the end). Conference records should mean something - this year they decided to ignore them completely. That produced ridiculous results. Leaving us out and taking Oklahoma is bad. Leaving USC out and taking Arizona State is completely asinine - there is no possible way to justify that decision.
The other thing I object to is Rasmussen saying that wins in November mean the same as wins in February/March. I am not saying wins in November should be meaningless - but this is supposed to be a tournament with the best teams at the end of the year - which is when the tournament happens. A team that might have played a couple good games early - but is then horsesh*t at the end of the year (i.e. Oklahoma) should not be allowed to compete in a tournament at the end of the year. Also the goal should be for a team to improve during the year and peak at the end. Maybe those early wins by teams like OU are further overrated by the fact that the teams they played went the right direction - improved during the year but were not that good when OU beat them in November or December. Record in the last 10 games used to be an important metric. I am not saying it should be the most important one - but it still should mean something if you are trying to put the teams that are the best into the tournament - at the time the tournament is played.