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NCAA Tournament 2012: Bubble Teams That Deserve to Go Dancing

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIMarch 11, 2012

Will you get into the NCAA Tournament or will you have to watch from home? That's the question several teams are facing while sitting on the bubble.

These three teams are hovering around the last four in, but I'm going to tell you why they deserve to go dancing. 

 

Drexel

The Dragons of Drexel won the Colonial Athletic Association with a 16-2 record in conference and a 27-6 overall record. 

This will be a theme throughout the article—winning your conference should matter.

VCU made major noise last season without winning their tournament and look what they did. This conference is loaded with fantastic coaches and underrated players; there is no shame of losing in the title game to VCU. 

It's not like they were upset in their first game. 

Drexel's defense is good enough not only to win one game, but make it to the second weekend. They are deserving of a selection.

 

Washington

I'm not necessarily advocating that Washington is a team that I would put into the field, but college basketball and the selection committee's gripe about the BCS is the fact that basketball's regular season is meaningful like with football.

Well how would it look if Washington, the regular-season champion of a power conference, didn't make it into the field? It would be unprecedented.

Personally, I value the body of work in conference over a tournament where one team could get hot and win the entire thing. Washington finished with the best record—14-4—so I believe that they deserve a chance to play in the tournament regardless of how down the conference is this season.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08:  Tony Wroten #14 of the Washington Huskies reacts after a put-back dunk in the second half against the Oregon State Beavers during the quarterfinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 basketball tournament at Staples Center on Mar
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California, the other PAC 12 bubble team that Washington is up against, defeated Washington in Seattle, but there was no return game for the Huskies to get even. California didn't win the conference nor the tournament, so should they get in over Washington?

I realize that I am probably in the minority, but winning the regular season SHOULD mean something, right? 

With Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross, two NBA first-round talents, I think Washington would be an intriguing team that could be capable of winning one game in the NCAA Tournament. 

I just believe that if the committee didn't select Washington as an at-large, the BCS would be able to point out the fact that the regular season isn't all that important.

 

Colorado State

The Rams of Colorado State finished 20-11 in the Mountain West Conference. People don't understand or realize just how good of a league they play in.

Teams like UNLV (who beat North Carolina), San Diego State and New Mexico can hang with the majority of the teams in college basketball. Even teams like Wyoming and TCU have had quality seasons. 

Colorado State didn't do much out of conference, but benefited from a strong league. They defeated UNLV, New Mexico and San Diego State this season.

Wes Eikmeier, Dorian Green and others are talented players capable of winning a game in the NCAA Tournament.

Given their wins in conference, I believe that this is a team deserving of a berth in the dance. 

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