On the Bubble

February 28th, 2012 by Craig C. | Filed under College Sports, General.

This year has been one of the best for the cities college basketball teams in my recent memory, outside of Villanova. It really is a shame that besides Temple and possibly Drexel, unless they win their conference tournament, they will not make the big dance. Obviously there are many division one schools throughout the country and only 68 get in now so there is a lot of heartbreak but nevertheless.

Drexel 25-5, Lasalle 18-11, St. Joes 19-11, Penn 17-11, Delaware 17-12, even Lehigh who is 23-7.

So these teams will likely be excluded from the tourney because they play in weaker conferences and they do not make money for the NCAA or for the TV stations. Uconn, West Virginia, N.C. State, Texas, etc will possibly get in and they all have 10, 11, or 12 losses each because of who they are. I’m not going to lie to you, I think the Philly teams would have a good chance to knock off the big guns.

St. Joes just beat nationally ranked Temple, Penn just beat nationally ranked Harvard, Drexel beat a mainstay in the tournament in VCU. My point is any team especially theses teams, can win at any time and they do have a decent enough record to warrant consideration but they won’t because they are not in the Big East, or the ACC, or the SEC.

In the flawed college football system, if you have a .500 record you are eligible for postseason play, and most likely you will get that bowl bid. I guess the NIT is a decent tournament, and now there are two other smaller postseason tournaments that these teams could reach, but in my opinion, when you deserve something, and it doesn’t matter what conference you play in, you deserve to get a chance.

Maybe that is what is so great about sports. You have to excel to that higher mark. Coming in 2nd only means you’re the first loser. Hell, I don’t think the Charles Barkleys of the world cares what tournament a team is in as long as he can still put money on the game.

Not sure about all of you, but I am excited to see this NIT field this year.


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2 Responses to “On the Bubble”

  1. Craig C. says:

    Bias never hurt anyone. Well maybe Len Bias hurt himself but that is for another story

  2. ChrisLeo33 says:

    Agree with you Craig, as a LaSalle graduate I love the Big 5 in Philly. I also think the Philly teams have a lot more to offer than the NCAA gives them. I say right on with your thoughts, but I am a little bias.