Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Political season will begin early for this year's dance

Just when the BCS has come under the most scrutiny since it’s inception (truly from the top down), the NCAA tournament will give the ‘pro BCS’ some fire because there will be many maidens ‘dateless’ for this year’s dance, and with a solid argument. Is it too early to call some “bubble teams”? The fact that no one can take ownership of the top spot is a harbinger that this March may be the maddest one ever. Add the balance of talent into the mix, cook on ‘high intensity’ for 3 weeks and you’ve got the making of a tournament that will have upsets in every round. Look at some the records of the top mid majors; Vermont at 16-6, could lose the America East Conf. after a solid body of work and not get in. Here are some others that may find themselves on a soapbox lobbying for a ticket and all will be 20-game winners; Dayton 20-2, Xavier 19-2,Northern Iowa 17-6, Illinois St. 18-4, Creighton 17-7, San Diego State 16-5, East Tenn St. 16-6, Virginia Military 17-4, Liberty 16-7, Charleston 16-5, Vir Com. 16-6, George Mason 16-6, and Saint Mary’s 18-3, and we haven’t even brought the major conferences into the conversation yet! Is the Big 10 going to send six in a year where they don’t have a team in the top 10? If not, are you going to keep Ohio State out at 16-5? Oh and almost every conference has a similar scenario, so maybe the BCS won’t be the only system under fire this year. What do you believe the reason for the parity is this year? Weak non-conference schedules? The very top being much better than the middle of the pack? Let us know here and in the NCAA chat rooms. Here is what is on tap for Wednesday:

9:00 PM ET Texas A&M at No. 2 Oklahoma
9:00 PM ET No. 3 Duke at No. 10 Clemson
7:30 PM ET No. 6 Wake Forest at Miami (FL)
10:30 PM ET USC at No. 12 UCLA
8:30 PM ET No. 19 Minnesota at No. 14 Michigan State
9:00 PM ET No. 15 Memphis at Southern Methodist
8:00 PM ET No. 16 Villanova at Providence
9:30 PM ET Missouri at No. 17 Texas
7:00 PM ET West Virginia at No. 20 Syracuse

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