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Cinderella not dancing in 2009

George Mason Basketball: Cinderella not dancing in 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Cinderella not dancing in 2009

You won't be hearing any team being referred to as "this year's George Mason" for the rest of this year's NCAA tournament. Only high seeds remain and Arizona being a 12 is no cinderella story, especially when they were favored in their first round game. Yahoo sports talks about this era of chalk and I think it just validates the craziness of George Mason's 2006 run. You almost have to wonder if after Mason's magic carpet ride BCS teams have wised up. No longer will they look past the scrappy, tenacious mid-major starting four guards and a 6'6" center. A lot was said this year about mid-majors not getting any respect on selection sunday but even as a mid-major fan I couldn't argue much with the numbers. The mids just didn't get it done in the out of conference slate this season and nowhere was that more evident than in the CAA. At-large bubble team St. Marys was a great squad this year but Arizona beat top-50 teams and they didn't. I hope this isn't a downward trend for mid-majors in the NCAA tournament as they have provided the most excitement in March during the last couple of years.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

VCU should have beat UCLA. They did not play with the first half of that game with the intensity that they played us.

This year the mid majors did not make any waves but this does not mean that the talent and coaching is not there. It just means that the top seeds are bound to have a year like this once in a while.

4:05 PM  
Blogger C Hirsch said...

I think this whole non-Cinderella thing is getting blown out of proportion. Looking at that chart the anomaly seems to more be lower seeds advancing far. People seem to have gotten it in their minds that every year the Tournament has random , mid major teams advancing far. It will continue being like it has always been, some years the big boys will dominate, other years we will have surprises.

I don't mind a Cinderella but I am pumped for all of the games because we are seeing the best teams going at it. As a basketball fan I can't ask for anything more.

5:01 PM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

Screw VCU they lost because they relied on one person all season. In the CAA that is fine but against the BCS teams that won't fly. Glad they lost and hope that Grant leaves and takes his recruits with him.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mooky, that is an ignorant position. It only helps us if the CAA gets stronger. Compare the lack of respect Memphis gets (best team in a mid-major conference) with Maryland, Georgetown, etc. If the CAA is seen as a high quality conference, it lifts all boats. Good competition in conference makes Mason more likely to get it done out of conference.

10:46 PM  
Blogger's good for you. said...

I'd love to see both Grant and Maynor leave VCU in the same would drop them a notch, even if Sanders returns.

Cinderellas will be back. But, the committee needs to give more a shot. I've been watching more NIT action than normal this postseason, just to see some of those teams (Creighton vs. UK last night was a good one, even though the SEC team won).

7:17 AM  

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