A 166 is not a good score for a non-diversity applicant for a T14 school. That's simply a statement of fact. The number of seats available for non-diversity applicants in the T14 is less than 6% of the total law school seats available in a given year!
If you can run a 4.5 40-yard dash, that's freaking fantastic, lighting fast speed. But if you wanted to play cornerback in the NFL, it's too slow, and unless you had something else to compensate (great hands, size), you wouldn't get drafted. So too, the 166 LSAT for the T14.
I resent the statement that a 166 is not a good score - granted it isn't a 172 but it is still 94th percentile, and by the way, I do have some good soft factors. I just think the fact that they are taking the higher lsat score instead of averaging is what's hurting me.
I am not saying it a good score for the T14, I am just saying it isn't bad enough to warrant "scaring off the adcomms" or whatever you said. I think if you have above 165, adcomms will at least give you a chance to wow them with other factors at T14s.
I'm still right behind you, Pugs. I dislike the implication that the LSAT is the only true benchmark that all of us have in common, and so it should be the true dividing factor. Sure, it's the only factor we all have in common. But, why is there so much of a difference between those of us who worked our asses off in UG to get a high GPA and had a rough time on the LSAT and those people who are very efficient at taking tests but didn't always get A's or A-'s? So many people get into these top schools with 169+ and GPAs in the 3.7 range. Yeah, I'm sure there's a fair amount of grade inflation at some places, but, really... I'd rather be with someone who has shown consistent solid performance in a classroom, someone who's proven capable of interacting with a professor and in expressing himself or herself in diverse ways and performs a couple of points lower on the LSAT than with someone who doesn't work well in those social situations but can study to the test.
If you can do both, then all the more power to you. I'm sure everyone wishes he or she performed better on the LSAT. When it comes to splitters, there's no reason to hate on us high GPA/lower LSAT "splitters" any more than on high LSAT/lower GPA "splitters," other than the fact that we're more easily segregated because of the LSAT.
Just my two cents.