Drexel lost a close game this week to lose the Colonial Athletic title and automatic bid to VCU.
It was their first loss in 20 games, after having won 19 in a row. For Drexel, it means they have to sweat it out on selection Sunday.
I really hope they get in for a number of reasons, the main one being that they simply deserve it. Only Kentucky and Drexel have winning streaks of 19 or better this season. That's good company.
While some say it is a down year for the CAA, the conference did boast five teams that won 20 or more games, and Drexel did very well in conference play. Also, the Colonial Athletic conference has done well in the NCAA Tournament in the past. VCU went all the way to the Final Four last year.
VCU's head coach even lobbied for the Dragons after the game, saying that they were definitely a tournament caliber team.
Also, it would be nice to see some new blood in the Big Dance. These Dragons went 27-6. It has been a while since college basketball was relevant at Drexel, and it may be a while before it is relevant again.
So why not give this team a chance?
While their schedule was not the toughest in the nation, they still won a lot of games. Who would you rather see in the tournament, Drexel or some 18-19 team from a power conference?
How can the committee put a team in the tournament who has close to or even double the losses of Drexel?
Getting into the NCAA tournament would mean a lot more to the Dragons than it would most teams, since they haven't been there in 15 years. The win streak, the number of wins and the track record of the Colonial Athletic as a conference that normally does well in the tourney all look good for Drexel.
True, the strength of schedule does not.
The reality is, Drexel deserves to get in the tournament because they had a great season. If they do not get the invite, it is all for nothing—never to be remembered. If a mid-major like Drexel can't get in with 27 wins, then what does a mid-major have to do to go dancing, other than win their conference?
The CAA has been a multiple bid conference in the past, and I, for one, am hoping it will be one again on Selection Sunday.
So good luck Drexel, and hopefully I will be looking at you on my bracket Monday morning.