Smart defends A-10 qualifications for NCAA

RICHMOND, Va. – Shaka Good isn't amused by individuals taking photographs at the power of the Atlantic 10 Convention.

The Virginia Commonwealth coach mentioned on Monday the A-10 must apologize to no one for getting six teams within the NCAA match, together with 5 at-giant bids, as a result of they all earned the suitable to be included.

The Rams (26-eight), who misplaced within the championship to Saint Joseph's, acquired an at-massive bid along with other A-10 schools: Massachusetts (24-eight), Saint Louis (26-6), George Washington (24-8) and Dayton (23-10).

Shaka Smart

Shaka Good, presumably in reaction to a Mike Krzyzewksi comment, mentioned taking pot-shots at one other league "is low-level."

On Saturday, after Duke beat North Carolina State within the ACC semifinals, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewksi stated he thought the Wolfpack deserved an at-massive berth, even forward of an A-10 crew.

"I will get in trouble probably for saying it. (I) like the Atlantic 10, they are a really good conference," Krzyzewksi stated. "I hear people saying there are six groups in there. Come on. I imply, they're good, but put them in our conference and go through the meat grinder that our convention has to go through."

Smart said he sees no level in evaluating leagues in discussing event viability.

"Initially, evaluating your own league to another person's league is like me saying that my daughter is cuter than your daughter," he mentioned. "There is a level of bias that comes into play that you should not even make those comments. Secondly, coaches are too busy to be an authority on another person's convention.

"I know our league very well because we have been in our league making ready for our league, however I don't know a lot about anybody else's league past the groups we have played in non-convention play," he stated.

Sensible mentioned a coach lobbying for his league is one thing, however taking pot-pictures at another league "is low-degree."

"You type of need to rise up to your league," he stated, "… a number of this league solidarity, like a Duke man standing up for N.C. State, that's all self-serving too. Let's be sincere. 'Our league is great because it's our league.' It's a whole lot of that. Let's simply have a stage of respect for one another and let's respect the nine individuals on the choice committee and the work they put into to choosing the 68 groups."

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin additionally spoke out Monday in protection of the Bearcats' convention when requested about SMU's absence from the NCAA tournament.

Cronin, speaking to Andy Katz in an interview on ESPNU, mentioned he understood "it is a onerous job but SMU not being in the tournament is ridiculous."

"The American conference was grossly disrespected by the committee," Cronin mentioned. "It isn't private. I am not mad. It is just a truth.

"I mean, Louisville's a 4 seed?" Cronin added earlier than laughing. "Are you kidding me? Is that a joke? Did anyone watch them play? They're the defending nationwide champs."

Cronin reiterated he did not perceive the NCAA tournament committee's reasoning.

"The fundamental message that was despatched to our league was that you simply're not so good as a number of the other leagues," Cronin mentioned.


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