March Madness may lead to April Angst for the NCAA powerbrokers if the Final Four doesn’t result in a Kentucky or Connecticut national champion.


March Madness may lead to April Angst for the NCAA powerbrokers if the Final Four doesn’t result in a Kentucky or Connecticut national champion.
Should the Wildcats or Huskies claim the top prize, the NCAA powers could carry their collective heads high and exclaim: “Does it get any better than this.! Everyone has a chance to win the national championship. How about Butler and VCU. Wow!”
Since Kentucky and Connecticut face each other in one Final Four Game, the big-boys will be represented in the title game next Monday night.
But, that means the other national title game participant will be either Butler or VCU! That’s right Brad Stevens and his Butler Bulldogs or Shaka Smart and his VCU Rams.
If Butler claims the prize? Well, they’ve captured the hearts of many fans across the nation during the last two seasons. While they don’t have Kentucky’s championship basketball bloodline or Connecticut’s big-time program success and national title success, at least the Bulldogs have been a mid-major powerbroker in recent seasons. Last year, they were a last-second near-make away from becoming biggest national title story in the expanded NCAA tourney history.
Now, if VCU wins. VCU will Shaka the entire tournament’s selection process. VCU heard pundits and the experts criticize their selection into the tournament. After a VCU win, the pundits have talked about the other team not playing well but with each successive VCU win, the experts had to at least start to acknowledge VCU’s part in the game’s result.
The power-brokers couldn’t have asked for a better scenario to celebrate the NCAA’s new multi-billion dollar television contract than this Cinderella-like Final Four match-up.
Unless VCU wins. Should VCU ever win the national title as the recipient and participant of the newly expanded First Four In (68 team field) round, teams like Virginia Tech and Colorado and others left out might say, how about just expanding the field. we had better resumes than VCU. Some power-broker conferences and committee members (behind the scenes of course) may whisper, is VCU really the best team in the nation. What have we done!