This isn't related to running but it might as well be.
I'm so sick and tired of the NCAA screwing the little guy.
I doubt many of you follow women's basketball that closely. I don't. Here's the story. A buddy sent me a link over the weekend about how my alma mater, Princeton, is 30-0 in women's basketball this year.
I didn't know that but became interested in their story..
They are ranked #13 in the nation.Their RPI is 12.
So guess what they were seeded? 'Oh they probably got hosed you say since Rojo is irate.The should have been 3 or 4 but I bet they are #5.'
Try #8 - meaning they'll have to play a #1 seed in the 2nd round.
Are you kidding me? Last year, the NCAA did basically the same thing with the men's darling of the tournament.
Wichita State was like Princeton undefeated and from an unheralded conference. They got a #1 seed but who did the NCAA make them face in the second round - Kentucky - the pre-season #1.
You can't tell me this isn't on purpose. They repeatedly try a) to screw over the little guys. They wanted Wichita State out early so they had them face Kentucky, same thing here with Princeton.
It's EMBARASSING. It's supposed to be about education, not money or protecting the power conferences.
The head of the NCAA selection for the women's tournament - Dru Hancock - said Princeton got the most discussion of any team during the selection process. I bet they did. "How can we screw them over without making us look bad" takes up a lot of time.
He said their low seed is because they don't play a tough schedule.
1) So what. Their RPI is 12. They aren't just winning games, they are DESTROYING PEOPLE.
USA Today http://goo.gl/9rqKIf : "Princeton is winning by an average of nearly 25 points per game, is shooting 49.3% from the field (third-best in Division I) and 40.6% from three-point range (second in Division I)."
2) It's hard for them to have a tough schedule as no one will play them.
Nearby Seton Hall and Rutgers won't play them. Princeton played 12 of it 16 non conference games on the road and still won them all. They beat Michigan on the road.
The head of the NCAA selection even admits the top team's won't play Princeton.
Dru Hancock said:
"When you're in a power conference and you play 18 games against four teams in the top 25 and the rest of your conference, you really don't want to spend your non-conference games going out and scheduling somebody that might beat you. That's a sad fact."
No, what is a sad fact is Dru Hanocck - who oh by the way works for the Big 12 - finds a way to justify his actions. The greedy BCS conference are a joke.
He says Princeton doesn't play enough power conference teams and then guess who he makes them play in the tournament? Not a power conference team - no they are playing one of the other top mid-majors in the country - Green Bay.
So Mr. Hancock has come up with the brilliant way to prove that the midmajors don't belong. Have them face each other in round #1 so one loses and then make them play a #2 seed in round 2.
The Princeton coach Courtney Banghart summed things up perfectly
"Of course it makes you wonder how far does the committee want to give you a chance beyond that first round knowing the one seeds in women's basketball are heads and shoulders above a lot of the other teams in the country," Banghart said in a conference call on Tuesday.
"I just feel for the mid-majors and the opportunity that they have earned to advance and be relevant … I just found it quite ironic that Dru Hancock's issue was scheduling the BCS schools and then when she had the chance to put us against whoever, we get together against another mid-major."
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