Sunday, April 02, 2006

annoying white guy kills off dead white guy university

George Mason's run ended yesterday, mostly due to Lee Humphrey's dead-eye shooting from three in the second half. A great tournament and season for the George Mason Patriots, and a nice boost for the Colonial Athletic Association. I have no illusions this will change recruiting dramatically -- the best players will continue to go to Big 10, SEC, ACC, Big East, Pac 10, Big 12 schools.

But I hope that in future years as the NCAA committee is deciding between say a 19-11 ACC team that finishes seventh in the conference, and a good mid-major like say Butler that finishes 25-5 but loses in the conference tournament, the benefit of the doubt won't simply default to the power conference team. Billy Packer notwithstanding, some of those teams are pretty damn good, and deserve a shot. Will a mid-major win? Probably not. But how often do these marginal ACC or Big East teams win the tournament? Not since the 1980s, and not since the tournament went to 64 teams.