The hope come March for every mid-major league in college athletics is to have conference officials and coaches stick their finger on all those brackets, point and say, “See, I told you so!”
When it comes to the NCAA tournaments a lot of conferences end up feeling like they are getting hosed.
Conference USA was no different this year after only having two teams selected for the big dance — the Tulsa men and Middle Tennessee women. The Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss men and the UTEP women were among the good C-USA teams that were passed over.
Neither of the teams C-USA placed in the brackets did the league any favors by proceeding to dance right off the cliff in the first round.
Tulsa lost to UCLA 76-59 in a game that was closer than the score indicated, not that it did C-USA any good. Tulsa is leaving for the AAC at the end of the year.
What hurt even more was the way MTSU failed to show up in a 55-36 shellacking by Oregon State. MTSU was ranked in the Top 25 and had a really good case to be seeded higher than eighth. The conference really could have used a win against the No. 9 seed OSU to bolster its case that it deserves more bids and higher seeds when it does get teams into the tournament.
C-USA is faring better in the NIT and could do some damage in the WNIT.
One has to wonder if some damage hasn’t ready been done in a season C-USA went two-and-done.
And on the football front, new UNT defensive line coach Kevin Patrick had this to say (Tweet) today:
We had some great prospects at our scrimmage yesterday. Saw the future of UNT's DL! Make it happen!
— Kevin Patrick (@DLineKP) March 23, 2014
Check back a little farther on the blog. We talked to Guyer defensive lineman Carl Thompson, who UNT is after. He was among the top prospects there.
And finally, while this isn’t directly UNT related it is worth mentioning that LSU and future UNT Hall of Fame coach Johnny Jones are in town to take on SMU tonight. LSU has already won one game in the NIT.
If the Tigers can beat SMU — the school UNT fans loathe above all others — it will only make the guy who led UNT to twice as many NCAA tournaments as all the rest of the coaches in Mean Green hoops history combined all the more beloved.
It certainly would help with Jones’ rebuilding project in Baton Rouge as well.