OK, let’s run it down.
Temple topped No. 3 Syracuse on Saturday, a week after Butler bumped off No. 1 Indiana. Back around Thanksgiving, Virginia Commonwealth went on a Tour de Oh So Close against a trio of ranked teams in the Bahamas, taking out then-No. 19 Memphis before scaring the bejesus out of Duke and Missouri, ranked No. 5 and 13, respectively, at the time, before succumbing late.
Just what in the name of “national” programs is going on here?
It’s almost enough for the Big East’s Catholic 7 members to step away from preaching about their forever relevance in college basketball circles and take notice of what’s going on in that lowly Atlantic 10. You know, the conference Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette and their “our hoops are holier than thou” brothers about to break out on their own scoffed at for having the audacity to think its offer to join forces would be met with more than, well, some serious scoffing.
After all, that conference has no cachet, no substance. There is nothing “national” about it. That’s the general consensus, ain’t it?
Pardon me whilst I upchuck from the blinders-wearing BCS bigots out there …