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And Another Thing


The case for the little guy

So I've been hearing arguments from some corners that the NCAA Tournament would be way keener if, instead of letting the small-fry conference champions in, we instead put in 28 teams in from the Big East in or whatever.

The argument goes, it's a better tournament with a lot of leavings from the big-boys conference remainder table, no matter how crummy their records. Because, after all, who wouldn't want to see more of, say, 13-17 Seton Hall?

Here's why that's stupid, other than the fact that it's just stupid: Because if you go that route, St. Peter's doesn't get in. And we are therefore deprived of the opportunity to cheer for a team whose nickname is the Peacocks.

And who wants to give that up?

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