March 3, 2010
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What do the following teams have in common?
If you said they all have played against Vanderbilt this season, you'd only be half right.
The common thread they all share is their spot on the proverbial NCAA bubble.
They all have been featured on ESPN and CBS Sports recently. Over the last couple of years, the media has become obsessed by these bubble teams and whether or not they are going to make the Big Dance.
Let's be honest with each other.
My beloved Commodores have been on the bubble a lot in the past couple of years. But why in the world should the entire nation care if a mediocre team is going to make it into the tournament?
If you look at the four teams I mentioned above, they all have zero chance of making the Final Four. Sure, they are good squads with a lot of talent, but in the big picture, they are irrelevant.
Why doesn't ESPN and CBS focus more on the teams that are a bit unknown? Let us hear about New Mexico and Butler. Are BYU and Gonzaga contenders or just pretenders? Which three or four-seed could make a run deep into March? Are Purdue or Duke legit top seeds?
Why should anybody but Illinois fans care about their tournament résumé? It's very unlikely we'll see them in the second weekend of the tournament. I want to get to know teams that will be around for the long haul. I know George Mason made a Final Four run as one of the last to get in the field, but that was a once in a decade event.
If you want us to be invested in the NCAA Tournament, please let us know more about teams that actually matter.
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