Was It Over When the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor?
Hell no !
First, congratulations to George Mason. The Patriots did what they haven’t done all season–played consistent basketball–and earned the auto bid. You saw the game so you know the particulars. All I’ll say is that I accidentally called Chris Fleming “Superman” at one point and felt like an idiot.
Fleming was huge, though. Physical on the post, and he knocked down a couple of 15-footers. I voted him to the all tournament team, though I didn’t get much support.
I’ll tell you this, though: a shiver went down the spine of some major conference coach around 9:15 last night. He has no idea why and he brushed it off, but he doesn’t realize The Fates have chosen him to play George Mason in 10 days, and he is in trouble.
The one note from last night I will make, and then we will start looking forward: on the court about 90 seconds after the buzzer and fans were still finding their way to the court, Will Thomas was doing the “I’m being mobbed but I’ll tell you how hard we fought to win” interview. You know how it goes.
But at the very end, just as he was being cut off, you heard Thomas exclaim “GMU and VCU baby!” I don’t know that anybody important heard it, but I did.
This, I must say. It has nothing to do with anything, really, but I have to get it off my chest. Jamie Luckie is the worst official I’ve ever seen in my life. Every game you have close calls that can be debated. Fine. But it seems to me there are at least three calls by Luckie every game that immediately make you wonder: “how did he arrive at that conclusion?”
I can’t believe the season is over. I mean, it isn’t but it is. Make sense? It seems like last week JMU was dropping about 200 points on Siena.