Stories like this
piss me off. This is as stupid as the whole BCS fiasco
. If you're gonna have automatic bids, at least make them for the regular season champs, rather than the team that happens to win 3-4 games in March. How does a 12-18 team in a mid-major get to the big dance
while teams like Notre Dame (17-10, 9-7 Big East) may end up sitting at home? [March 6 Bubble watch]
OAKLAND IN NCAA TOURNAMENT FOR FIRST TIME
TULSA, Okla. -- Pierre Dukes became an unlikely hero for an improbable NCAA Tournament team.
Dukes' only shot of the second half was a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left and Oakland upset top-seeded Oral Roberts 61-60 Tuesday night to win the Mid-Continent Conference tournament and make the NCAAs with a 12-18 record.
The seventh-seeded Golden Grizzlies are in the tournament for the first time since becoming a Division I program eight seasons ago. It's the fourth straight season a team with a losing record has made the NCAA tournament. more
An interesting read
about the selection process. i still don't like the fact that a team with a sub .500 record in an average conference is taking the place of a more deserving team. perhaps the conferences receiving automatic bids should be determined midway through the season (or perhaps even after the end of the season) on an annual basis. That way, if a teams in a traditionally strong conference are having an off year they'll have to work their way in just like everyone else. i said it before but i'll say it again: get rid of the automatic big for TOURNAMENT champs....give it to the regular season winner already. Basketball is a marathon not a sprint!