The NCAA’s 2010 basketball tournament makes it’s stretch run as the Final Four begins this evening at 6:07 pm Eastern in Indianapolis. The first game matches Butler against Michigan State, two five seeds, and about a half hour after that one ends, Duke is set to go against West Virginia, a one seed against a two. The two winners play Monday night for the basketball championship.
It’s been a good tournament with a lot of exciting games, a number of overtime contests, two of them double overtime. A few games were decided by last second shots and most by only a handful of points.
Future tournaments may not be as enjoyable. Likely, thirty-two more teams will be added to next season’s event. It’s all a matter of greed, it seems to me, and the fact that a number of teams from the “power” conferences get left out each year, those teams on the bubble. Every season, there are endless discussions after the teams are set over who didn’t make it, who got robbed, who were included that shouldn’t have been. Every talking head on the sports channels offer their own opinions.
Admittedly, theirs are more informed than mine. I don’t watch the hundreds of games, pour over clips and stats, talk with coaches and players. Just a fan and I don’t see how the addition can be a good thing. Two many of the teams that will be included probably won’t even have winning records.
Why do teams like that belong here? Example, the mighty(?) Tarheels of Carolina. They lost more games this season than any previous defending champion. By no stretch of the imagination should they have made the tournament. They finished with a five hundred record going into the NIT tournament, n which they finished second.
I’m going to enjoy this final leg Saturday and Monday night, whether my favorite, Duke, wins or not. There may not be anymore.