Pretty incredible Final Four this year. I doubt many people picked UCLA, Florida, LSU and George Mason. No number one seeds made it — the first time that’s happened since the tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
And, the George Mason Patriots beat former national champs UConn to gain entry to the Final Four — an incredible feat for a team from the Colonial Athletic Association. The coach apparently used his team’s diminutive conference to his advantage:
There was also motivation from Larranaga, who fired up his team during timeouts by telling them that UConn’s players didn’t even know which conference George Mason is in.
“That’s a little bit of disrespect,” guard Tony Skinn said. “Coach told us the CAA stands for ‘Connecticut Assassin Association.'”
Apparently, it worked.
Of course, my alma mater, East Carolina University, left the CAA to join a bigger, bolder conference. The brightest star in our new conference, C-USA, is surely the Memphis Tigers — one of the four No. 1 seeds who’ll be sitting at home next weekend. Sigh.
By the way, I’m gonna pull for George Mason — after all, he was a Libertarian.