Sunday, March 7, 2010

4 Tickets handed out Saturday more to come

I’m not going to retrace my steps now, as I was one of the loudest opponents to expanding the field of 64/5 to 90 and beyond. Simply put, if a 16 has never beaten a top seed, then why do we need to add an additional 30 “16 seeds” to the already crowed dance floor? And rest assured, if they expanded to 94, there would be some division II school ranked 95 who would be lobbying and crying foul. That said, how do you NOT get into some of these conference tournaments?? Despite the fact that in reality they’re probably just winning a two-day trip somewhere only to be send back home the next day with a 30-point loss and a story to tell. I mean Coastal Carolina playing in a gym smaller than my high school gym, holding students who slept outside to get ticks to what they thought would be the kickoff party to a wild campus weekend, but a funeral got in the way. Anyway, here are the 4 first invitees to the Grand Ballroom; Cornell, Winthrop, East Tennessee State and Murray State, and at the risk of sounding hypocritical, don’t be surprised if Cornell or Murray State pull off an upset in the first round. The parity in this years tournament is unlike any in recent memory and the difference between a 1 and a 5 is not much, (that translates to teams 16-20 in the polls being as good as 1-5) and I think that’s a fair assessment. Oh yea, didn’t Cuse’ lose Saturday, making them the 4th team from the top 5 to drop out just before crossing the finish line. I figure at this pace the top four seeds will read like something out of the 60’s with New Mexico, Ohio State, Butler, and Purdue taking down the top 4 top seeds. Ok, that’s a bit of a stretch, but if you think that is, wait until you see this year’s Final Four! Who do you think will settle in to the top 4 seeds? Let us know here and in any of the quick links:

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