It's the most wonderful time of the year...the NCAA basketball tournament time. In just a couple of weeks, we'll be treated to a Thursday and Friday of wall-to-wall first round games, hyped up by office pools throughout the country.
Still to come, though, are conference tournaments, which will help decide who is in and who is out of the Big Dance.
You will recall last year, VCU out of the CAA, was a surprise and controversial selection as an at-large bid, and had to play one of four first round games...and all they did was advance to the Final Four before being beaten by Butler.
Still, with all of their success, those who blasted their inclusion into the field claimed their success did not validate their pick...Huh? Does that make any sense to you because it sure doesn't to me. Winning one game would not validate, probably winning two would not...but 5 wins before being beaten...all over BCS conference schools? You gotta be kidding me.
This year, VCU is the CAA's auto bid recipient and already is in. The question now is will Drexel make it as an at-large? The Dragons had a 19 game winning streak snapped by VCU in the CAA title game and they have 27 wins on the season. Critics will say they don't have a high enough RPI or high enough strength of schedule or enough wins over top 50 or top 100 teams...yada yada yada.
Instead, those people would campaign for teams like Mississippi State, California and Seton Hall to get in....simply because they play in a BCS conference. Somehow the CAA's continued success and quality teams at the top still escapes the notice of those who have the loudest voices (Jay Bilas, you know I'm talking about you).
So I fear that Drexel will be overlooked and the CAA will be a one bid league this year...and that should not be. Drexel passes the eye test...they are one of the best 68 teams in the country and should be rewarded as such on Selection Sunday.
Posted at 10:13am on March 8, 2012 by Big Don Voltz
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