Agreed. Same with Richmond...We could realsitically be a five-bid league this year if things broke our way and Richmond, SLU and Dayton didn't drop a handful of bad games.I agree. If anyone, I'm mad at Dayton. Dayton has THREE losses to pillow fighters. Take away those losses, and they'd have an at-large worthy resume- maybe the best one in the entire conference. Hell, even if they won only 1 of those pillow fighter games (certainly a reasonable request!!) this would have at least only been a Q2 loss.
Fact is though, this game scared me all the way back in January when I posted a rant about how a fringe Q2/3 team like Dayton carrying the same weight as a road game against Canisius seemed off kilter. They are the perfect recipe for a team that can bite you in the ass.
Winn Friday, no matter who we play, if we are truly who and what we think we are. That's it.
Amen. You took the words from my mouth. Especially the last two paragraphs.I don't know what to make of last night's abomination.
The A10's incompetence has nothing to do with Lofton taking a bewilderingly unnecessary technical, horrific shot selection, nonchalance on loose balls, or calling two timeouts in the final minute to get three long Jalen Adaway jump shots. We should have beat Dayton at home and we blew it. It may cost us a bid.
That said, part of my anxiety that the loss induced is due to the feeling that we have no one fighting for us and the A10's decisions over the past few weeks aren't inspiring any confidence that that will change leading up to Selection Sunday. Why in God's name would you schedule a Q3 game for your league's most viable at-large candidate against the most hot and cold team in the conference? Why are you having your league's most viable at-large candidate play their 4th game in 9 days 45 hours after their last game ended when they already have 1st place clinched? Especially when it is going to be an extra game played versus the team in 2nd place! And that the dangerous inconsistent Q3 opponent is coming off 4 days rest!
What good came from last night's game? Seriously, who was it good for? And not to be crass, but yesterday's sad news would have given a perfectly reasonable explanation for a cancellation if optics had been the reason to go forward with the game. It reeks of administrative incompetence and a tepid reluctance to make decisive 'big picture' calls.
And Tim Kenney should not be absolved of blame. We need to stop worrying about ruffling feathers and start fighting for what's in OUR best interest. If the A10 needs to be pushed to protect Bona then Kenney better give them a goddamn shove.