NCAA Tournament 2012: Bubble Teams That Deserve to Go Dancing
Will you get into the NCAA Tournament or will you have to watch from home? That's the question several teams are facing while sitting on the bubble.
These three teams are hovering around the last four in, but I'm going to tell you why they deserve to go dancing.
The Dragons of Drexel won the Colonial Athletic Association with a 16-2 record in conference and a 27-6 overall record.
This will be a theme throughout the article—winning your conference should matter.
Does Drexel deserve a bid?
It's not like they were upset in their first game.
Drexel's defense is good enough not only to win one game, but make it to the second weekend. They are deserving of a selection.
I'm not necessarily advocating that Washington is a team that I would put into the field, but college basketball and the selection committee's gripe about the BCS is the fact that basketball's regular season is meaningful like with football.
Personally, I value the body of work in conference over a tournament where one team could get hot and win the entire thing. Washington finished with the best record—14-4—so I believe that they deserve a chance to play in the tournament regardless of how down the conference is this season.
Does Washington deserve a bid for winning their league?
I realize that I am probably in the minority, but winning the regular season SHOULD mean something, right?
With Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross, two NBA first-round talents, I think Washington would be an intriguing team that could be capable of winning one game in the NCAA Tournament.
I just believe that if the committee didn't select Washington as an at-large, the BCS would be able to point out the fact that the regular season isn't all that important.
The Rams of Colorado State finished 20-11 in the Mountain West Conference. People don't understand or realize just how good of a league they play in.
Colorado State didn't do much out of conference, but benefited from a strong league. They defeated UNLV, New Mexico and San Diego State this season.
Wes Eikmeier, Dorian Green and others are talented players capable of winning a game in the NCAA Tournament.
Given their wins in conference, I believe that this is a team deserving of a berth in the dance.
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