Charles Barkley pointedly asked Bruce Rasmussen, the Athletics Director of Creighton University and the Chair of the NCAA Div 1 Basketball Committee, why ASU was chosen for one of the final tourney spots over USC.
Rasmussen replied, “We felt Arizona State had…we felt if you look at their wins, and again, we look at teams in the tournament. We look at the caliber of wins that a team has…and they had a couple of outstanding wins early and they had enough of a resume that the committee felt they had to be in.”
That’s all Rasmussen said, period. He never answered Barkley’s question about how Syracuse also snuck in over USC.