WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Finally, a big upset in the NCAA Tournament! San Diego stunned Connecticut in overtime in Tampa, becoming the first team seeded lower than 12th to win a game in the first round since Bradley knocked off Kansas in Auburn Hills two years ago.
Of course, if some people had their way, San Diego wouldn't even be in the tournament. One of the dumbest ideas I've heard lately -- pushed by that cretin, Bobby Knight -- is that there shouldn't even be automatic bids for conference tourney winners. Knight and his followers believe that the bids should go to regular-season champs.
San Diego won the West Coast Conference tourney. Gonzaga won the regular season and St. Mary's was second. San Diego has a 94 RPI, so they'd probably miss out under Knight's system. Well, they sure seemed worthy of a bid today against UConn.
There's a mistaken notion here, and it's one that defenders of the power conferences try to shove down people's throats: They refuse to accept the idea that there can be more than one very good team in some of these mid-major leagues. Naturally, if they can limit all those leagues to one NCAA tourney bid, that's more spots for the precious BCS leagues.
Western Kentucky won an amazing game today in overtime over Drake. They tied for the regular-season title with South Alabama at 16-2. Looks like they had two pretty decent teams in the Sun Belt, too.