Monday, March 20, 2006

Is your last name still playing in the NCAA Tournament??? I didn't think so!



While it's the worst thing to happen to people's brackets, four mid-majors (Bradley, Wichita State, George Mason and Gonzaga, although, Gonzaga might not really be a mid-major anymore) making the Sweet 16 is one of the best things to ever happen to college basketball. It's taken some time, but the power structure of college basketball is changing due to players leaving early for the NBA. Because they haven't lost anyone to the draft and are able to place experienced teams on the floor, those four can compete with anyone. And Patrick O'Bryant, who is only a sophomore for Bradley, is the best center still in the tournament. Will any of these teams win the championship this year? Probably not. But it wouldn't be surprising if a Missouri Valley Conference team makes the Final Four in the near future. The playing field is leveling, and it's the best thing that could happen for the game.

The best quote out of all of this came from Gus Johnson, who was calling the George Mason game for CBS: "There is a new Cinderella, and his name is George!"

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This picture is great. I love that the chair had tape put on it before Roy Williams decided to slam it down in anger.

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