Monday, March 27, 2006

george mason?

No, I didn't have George Mason making it to the Final Four. But I'm glad they made it. Let's see, a Final Four with no Big East, no Big 10, no ACC teams (hell, no Big 10 team even made the Sweet Sixteen). So when will Billy Packer admit he was WRONG in saying the number 9 team in the Big East deserved the at-large slot over a good Colonial Athletic Association team that failed to win its tournament? Or for that matter, instead of one of the three Missouri Valley Conference teams that got at-large bids (two MVC teams in Sweet Sixteen, vs zero for Big Ten...)? Heck, Hofstra (also from the CAA) deserved a bid, too. Unlike Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State, or Connecticutt, they beat GMU -- twice.

I still think a team should have to finish in the top half of its conference to get an at-large bid. George Mason, Wichita State, Gonzaga, Bradley, and others have shown that so-called mid-majors CAN compete especially when allowed to play the big boys on neutral or (in GMU's case vs. Wichita State and UConn) friendly courts.