I don't doubt you SS, but let's not forget this tourney is run by ESPN. I think they will absolutely play the Minnesota vs. Monson card and put us against LBSU in the first round. They need story lines in the first round games and that provides the best one of the tourney. No way do they pass on that chance, IMO. I agree, they'd like to see a Tubby v. UCLA final.They'll put the Gophers and Long Beach State on opposite sides of the bracket.
My very early projection says the Gophers will play Portland. UCLA will get the host school (Long Beach State).
UCLA & Gophers will be in opposite brackets because I gotta' believe UCLA vs. "Tubby"/Minnesota would be the most desirable title-game matchup, if it came to fruition.
That could be. I just think that storyline is something that ESPN revels in. Fired coach going against his old team, redemption time for Monson, old connections, comparisons of the last three years, etc., etc. How many times will they show old snippets from Monson coaching at the Barn? ESPN is absolutely shameless when it comes to producing and promoting a telecast. We should never underestimate thatExcellent point TJ. I guess my thinking is out of respect for Monson, they won't do it.
Exactly, if you're Marquette or Notre Dame or Iowa State and your choice is to go spend the Thanksgiving holiday in late November in Maui, Orlando, San Juan, South Padre, Las Vegas, Anaheim, or Minneapolis - where would you choose? Neutral floor in a warm climate or host school's floor in the cold? Minnesota would have trouble getting any marquee teams here. Heck, we could only get three Division I teams to the NABC, so I don't see how we could eight to a full-fledged tourney.