"You know, we had a helluva year back in '78."
Yeah, I know. I thought there might be a good reason, but then again, cash is always a good reason I guess and those schools are money:-)
Cal is going to get murdered by USF. Would have loved to see a Drexel/USF play-in game considering both of those teams can run with and beat Temple.
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Going 3 for 3 this year...
This shows up on the front page of the boards, but thought it was appropriate to post here as well (from the NY Daily Times).
At the same time, shame on the Colonial Athletic Association for not promoting any of its teams and seemingly accepting its bracket-buster status, despite having two of them (George Mason and VCU) in the Final Four the last six years.
Shame on the committee for doing the same.
Drexel was 27-6, won 19 straight games and 25 of 27, was the top seed in the conference tournament and didn’t appear to have a bad loss. But the Dragons were left out of the NCAA bracket after they fell to VCU, 56-53, in the conference title game.
Never mind the NCAA, George Mason, which advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 2006, couldn’t even get a sniff from the NIT even though the Patriots finished 24-9. Even VCU, which advanced to the Final Four last year, is only a 12th seed as the league’s lone representative.
A conference is there to serve its members. The CAA has done little more this year than make tickets available for what was essentially a VCU home game in the CAA championship game at the Richmond Coliseum, its former home court located within a 3-pointer of its campus.
Equally disappointing were the comments of NCAA selection committee chairman Jeff Hathaway, who took a condescending attitude toward Drexel when he said, “You can debate it forever, that’s what’s fun about the tournament.”
The problem with Drexel though is, the SOS was bad in conference and out. Like it or not, playing road games against stronger teams is the only way to get your foot in the door, and Drexel did not do enough of it. The whole CAA needs to raise its profile, and that starts with JMU not dragging the whole conference down!
I honestly am thankful for what Yeager's done, but I agree. New blood is needed.
Had Drexel gotten in...I would not have been shocked. That being said, I am also not shocked that they were left out of the field. They couldn't have lucked out any more with their in confernece schedule and their out of conference schedule/performance left a lot of be desired.
The bottom line is that the back end of the CAA is as bad as most low-major leagues. Towson, JMU, W&M, Hofstra and UNCW are just about as bad as it gets. Unfortunately for the rest of the good teams in the league, when the bottom feeders continue to lose to teams from the MEAC, Atlantic Sun, NEC etc...it takes away some credibility from the top half as well.
One and done for the CAA this year. That's gonna be a big let down for a lot of people after last year's excitement.
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