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Good for College Basketball?

This past Thursday was the kick off of another march madness filled with surprise, stress and the sounds of paper shredding as brackets were thrown out with every game. There were record blowouts mixed in with the first last second game winner in almost three years. A number 1 seed lost in the round of 32 for the second time in 3 years. Then Cinderella reared her head again with upset on upset everyday, yet one glass slipper was a little bigger after being found in Ft Myers Florida. Now my question is, after a weekend filled with bracket disappointment and many top teams losing early, is it good for the sport of college basketball. It’s great to say that a little tiny school went and beat Georgetown, but where is the marketability. In a time where money is most important, it’s easier to sell tickets to a Georgetown game than Florida Gulf Coast. It was also sad to see Gonzaga lose so early in the tourney. With the chance to prove the committee wrong and show that the WCC can compete with the big boys and try to being basketball back to the Pacific Northwest they blew it. Almost becoming the first #1 to lose would have set the Zags back very far, but would not have been a surprise to anyone watching the game. Then there is the other side of the spectrum with powerhouses like Syracuse that make times unfortunate to smaller schools. When a team comes out and then is sent home after a a 47 point embarrassment would not be a "learning" experience. It would be hard for me as a coach to say that we played well when our team almost didnt score 30 points. The tournament is always fun if your a big fan of basketball, but if the NCAA wants to reach out, allowing more teams in might not be the right way to go.

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