Six things about the NCAA basketball tournament:
(1) College basketball is not the same without Billy Packer. Nobody else was willing to criticize the selection committee, certainly not to its face. Problem with the media is most of us want to be liked. Billy doesn't care. He knows people aren't going to like him. His was the sport's one true independent voice. And now it's gone. And CBS really missed it Sunday night. So did we.
(2) Arizona and Wisconsin should not be in the tournament. San Diego State and St. Mary's should.
(3) Does winning a conference tournament or, if you're an underdog, going deep into the conference tournament help you this week? It can. But I think those of you that expect Mississippi State or Florida State to go cruising through the brackets are misguided.
(4) I hated the Final Four I picked for Monday's newspaper. I don't go in with preconceived notions. I'm like the cliche -- I really do take it a game at a time. And then, when I finish, I want to blow it up and start over. I really tried to pick Villanova to beat Pittsburgh and advance to the Final Four. But couldn't make my fingers hit the proper keys.
(5) Like everybody else, I wish Davidson had received a bid, but the Wildcats didn't come close. They didn't have the credentials. I had hoped they would play Virginia Tech in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. But Duquesne will play at Virginia Tech instead. That game makes as much as much sense as 19-13 Arizona supplanting San Diego State in the big tournament.
(6) This is one of the great times of the year to be a sports fan. There will be drama and surprises, decimated brackets and trusted employees watching games on their computers at work. Nobody has figured out a better way to end a season. Enjoy it.