Wednesday, March 07, 2007

My Thoughts Exactly

If you have not had a chance to read the Mobile Press Register sports column by Neal McCready you are missing out. McCready summed up my opinions 1,000 times better than I ever could have. Let Wright State and Akron come to the SEC and see how many games they would win. Here is a portion of the article below. Followed by the link(copy and paste to view):

(McCready) If the only SEC teams to get good news Sunday are Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Kentucky, something should change after the people who made the decisions are stripped of their power. The SEC and the ACC are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in conference RPI, in some order. The ACC, however, is widely expected to receive at least six bids with three other teams -- Florida State, Clemson and Georgia Tech -- going into the conference tournament on the proverbial bubble. Among the teams considered locks to March Madness is an 8-8 Duke team, which is in the headlines this week only because of a cheap shot from Gerald Henderson that bloodied North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough's nose and mouth. Florida State and Clemson are 7-9, for goodness sakes, and the Tigers have lost nine of their last 13 games.
It's widely considered a given that the Big East will get six bids and three other teams from that league -- DePaul, Syracuse and West Virginia -- are on the bubble. Those three teams have RPIs that are basically identical to those of Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Georgia, but the Big East teams fattened their league records on lightweights Seton Hall, Rutgers, South Florida and Cincinnati -- teams that won four or fewer conference games.
The Missouri Valley Conference might get three bids to the NCAA tournament. The Mountain West Conference will almost certainly get three and maybe four bids if San Diego State is invited.
Give me a break. And while you're at it, give one to LSU's John Brady, whose team went to the Final Four a year ago, whipped Texas A&M and Florida this year, but couldn't escape the cellar of the SEC West this season. Brady's team isn't going to the NCAA tournament barring a miraculous four-game run this weekend in Atlanta, but he's a bit perturbed at the speculation nationally that the SEC might get just one-third of its membership into the dance.
"Why wouldn't an 8-8 team from the SEC be tournament-worthy?" Brady said. "Our league is arguably the best. I think we're the best top to bottom. ... There's no question in my mind that if some of these other teams had to play in this league night in and night out, they'd get beat up pretty good too.
"I think for the Western Division champion or any 8-8 team in this league to not be in the NCAA tournament, I think it's wrong and I think it's biased and I think it's not right."
The Big Ten and the Pac-10 aren't as deep as the SEC but are projected to get as many as six bids apiece. If it happens, Slive deserves some of the blame. The commissioner has to exit the room when an SEC team's candidacy is discussed, but he can make his opinions known and he can make life miserable for some of the other people locked up in that room all weekend.
The only SEC team that could possibly be labeled as "bad" this season is South Carolina, and the Gamecocks beat Tennessee and Ole Miss late last month and took Vanderbilt to overtime last week. LSU beat Texas A&M and Florida but lost 10 league games. The argument Slive should make is simple: The SEC should be rewarded, not punished, for its collective strength.