Life in the Slow Lane

February 18, 2009

Should Niagara University get an at-large NCAA tourney berth?

Filed under: Sports — pauljlane @ 2:28 pm

Interesting article here by ESPN’s Pat Forde, a portion of which is devoted to the dearth of NCAA hoops tourney berths available to mid-major squads.

Two local teams – UB and Niagara – seem poised to ride the bubble speculation in the next couple weeks, with the Purple Eagles making an especially strong case for inclusion should they not win their conference tournament. It seems unlikely, but Forde makes an argument that’s hard to argue with.

As for the Bulls, they’re head and shoulders above the rest of their conference, so all they have to do is not screw it up.

Are local hoops fans excited about the prospect of two local squads dancing into March this year (along with Syracuse University’s likely return after a two-year absence from the tourney)? Share your thoughts.

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