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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Just play the game and stop the whining

I don't follow college basketball. That goes for both men and women, so you won't see me discussing March madness on my blog.

Checking the Sun-Sentinel's website, I found this article. Pat Summitt head coach of the Lady Vols is unhappy with the seeding of her school in the upcoming NCAA tournament. She is mad, insulted and disgusted.

My message to Pat- Get over it!

I know nothing about the Vols merits, but if your team is good enough they'll win no matter what their seeding is. All you do with your whining is embarassing yourself and more importantly your program and its player. Anything you say is not going to change the seedings. So you've won these titles in the past, but today is entirely different team. They'll win or lose on their merits.

Take a chill pill Pat. Just count yourself lucky you didn't get today's Knucklehead award.

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Loading up on cupcakes is not Pat Summitt's style. It never has been.

The coach of six-time national champion Tennessee consistently books one of the toughest schedules in Division I each season. So what did that get her this year?

Pretty darn mad. Insulted. Disgusted.

The Lady Vols (28-4) were selected as the No. 2 seed in an extremely tough bracket Monday night, a draw that includes overall top seed North Carolina.

Summitt called it "a slap in the face."

"We've built this fan base not on scheduling patsies," Summitt said. "We've built it on bringing in the top opponents throughout the country from a lot of conferences and our fans deserve that. We also think that to be the best you have to play the best."

The Lady Vols get 15th-seeded Army (20-10), an NCAA tournament newcomer and the Patriot League champion, in the first round Sunday in Norfolk, Va. The winner's potential second-round opponent could be Old Dominion (22-8), which plays George Washington (22-8).

The other top seeds were Ohio State (28-2), LSU (27-3) and Duke (26-3).

Tennessee finished strong despite a depleted backcourt. Starting point guard Alexis Hornbuckle was lost for the season after breaking her wrist on Feb. 12 and sophomore guard Sa'De Wiley-Gatewood left the team in December for personal reasons. Still, the Lady Vols beat LSU to win the Southeastern Conference tournament, played the toughest schedule in the nation and were ranked second in the RPI.

"I guess it's my fault for putting together the toughest schedule in the country year in and year out," Summitt said. "But as far as I'm concerned, we got no respect and I don't understand it."

Joni Comstock, chairwoman of the NCAA selection committee, suggested that the traditional powers aren't the only good teams in women's basketball these days.

"I don't know that there's been a year where there's been greater parity," Comstock said. "Strength of schedule is something we do look for and it's important to the committee. The schedule Tennessee played this year and plays most years, however, as close as it was, we felt that Tennessee this year was a No. 2 seed."

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