Sunday, March 6, 2011

VCU one step close to thieving the season's first bid

This is when March starts to get fun.

VCU was a legitimate bubble contender back in mid-February. They were 12-2 in the CAA, they had wins over UCLA and Wofford in the non-conference, and they had won Old Dominion in league play. They had a real shot at getting a bid.

And then they lost four of their last five games, including four straight in CAA play, when basically ended any possibility that the Rams could earn an at-large bid. But that doesn't mean that the CAA won't get a bid. George Mason is a lock. Old Dominion looks to be on the right side of the bubble. Even if Mason had won the automatic bid, there was a strong possibility that this was a two-bid league.

Except George Mason won't win the tournament.

They lost for the first time since January 8th as VCU smacked them 79-63 in the tournament semifinals.

It sets up an intriguing situation, regardless of who wins the other semifinal. Well, intriguing may not be the right word, at least not for the folks associated with Alabama and Michigan and the rest of the teams on the bubble. VCU won't get an at-large bid to the tournament, which means that with a win tomorrow night, they will become the nation's first "bid-thief".

And if you haven't seen VCU play this season, then trust me when I say this team is good enough to win a game or two if they get there.

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