Imagine being a college player watching Selection Sunday and seeing that your team has made it to the NCAA tournament. After the jubilation of getting invited, you sit in horror as the pundits completely lambaste your team for being included.
Certain know-it-all analysts cried how they felt bad for the kids from the schools that, at least in their eyes, should have made it.
They didn’t seem to feel bad for the over-the-top bashing they gave the VCU team.
Imagine hearing the following comments:
“This one doesn’t make it through the laugh test."
“I wonder if some of the people of the committee know the ball is round."
"It would be like a beauty contest, Roseanne Barr walking in versus Scarlett Johansson. No shot, none whatsoever."
"We have never come in here and said they didn’t do a good job, this is not a good job."
After being embarrassed like that on national TV, many teams would have been one and done.
Most would have resorted to playing outside their system and pressing too much in an effort to prove their worth. Instead, VCU took that embarrassment and just put it behind them. They decided to play within themselves, maintain their system and just win.
VCU’s combination of upsets over big conference teams USC, Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State and Kansas easily takes the top spot.
In making this run to the Final Four, the Rams have taken out the Pac-10, Big Ten, Big East, ACC and Big 12 conferences. Hopefully, by making this run VCU will make the selection committee look at the second and third-place teams from some of the smaller conferences instead of the seventh or eighth or ninth team from the larger ones.
For VCU and Butler, the dream isn’t over.
One of them will make the championship game and hopefully put an exclamation point on the best string of upsets the tournament has ever seen.