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Morning Report: 3.12.18

Brad Stephens of the Bowling Green Daily News:

“Saturday night was tough, to come that close, literally one possession, one shot away from the NCAA Tournament and the opportunities that would bring,” WKU athletic director Todd Stewart told the Daily News on Sunday night. “I just would’ve hated for that to be the final chapter in this team’s book.

“Now the fact we get to continue in a very prestigious tournament against an ACC team in Diddle Arena is really good for everybody.”

Fletcher Keel of TTR:

While it’s a bummer the Tops, and especially Justin Johnson, won’t be in this year’s NCAA tournament, it’s a good thing that this team isn’t done, and we will get to see what JJ, Dwight Coleby and Darius Thompson can do at least one more time.

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Scott Gleeson of USA Today:

“We did exactly what the selection committee wanted us to do,” Davis said. “We did everything we possibly could. Of course, we’d like to have more wins (the Blue Raiders lost one-possession games to Auburn, USC and Miami). At our level, it’s trying to be literally perfect. …It is a tough world we live in (as a mid-major conference member). It’s a grind for us because you cannot slip up one bit. You lose just one game to a C-USA team and then all the pundits put us out.”

Harry Minium of the Virginian Pilot:

Actually, the tournament began to get boring years ago for another reason: the monopolistic scheduling practices of the power conferences that makes it nearly impossible for most mid-major schools to claim at-large bids.

There never was an even playing field in college basketball. The power conferences make more money, have better TV exposure and better facilities. And that’s fine.

But what’s happened to basketball scheduling is unseemly. Many power conference coaches refuse to go on the road and play mid-major schools, something that most of them routinely did a decade or so ago.

Jake Elman of the Palm Beach Post:

an August dismissal for violating team rules sent Robison packing from the Sooners to a Florida Atlantic program which added several former players who’d been previously dismissed from Division I programs. After redshirting in compliance with NCAA transfer rules, Robison will battle one of those players, ex-Florida State Seminole De’Andre Johnson (dismissed from FSU in 2015 for a battery charge), for the starting quarterback role this spring.

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