Jay Bilas has come under fire for his strong opinions regarding VCU after the selection show. Now that VCU has made the Final Four, people are quick to point out how wrong Jay Bilas was. VCU deserves all the credit in the world for their run. In fact, I think it’s even more impressive than George Mason’s run in 2006. It is an amazing feat to beat teams from five different power conferences. Despite all of this, it doesn’t change the fact that Jay Bilas was right. VCU did not deserve to be in the tournament.
In retrospect, it is easy to point out that Bilas was wrong. “Hey Jay Bilas, they just made the Final Four, what do you think of them now?” He should still think the same. You can’t simply look at the results and say the selection committee made the correct choice. If I was playing blackjack and decided to hit on 20, and then I got an Ace on the next card to get 21, would that have been the correct decision? No, I made an idiotic move and got lucky with the results. The same thing happened with Gene Smith and the committee. They selected a team that did not have the credentials to be in and got lucky that VCU caught fire at the right time.
Like I said, it is easy to criticize Bilas now that we have seen the results. But, let’s go back to selection Sunday when he made his comments. How can anyone say he was wrong? A team with six losses in the CAA and no signature wins did not deserve to be selected. There were multiple other teams with better resume’s. In fact, as we all know, even VCU didn’t think they were going to be in, as they didn’t even watch the selection show as a team.
Kudos to VCU, they deserve to be where they are right now, but those who criticize people like Bilas and Dick Vitale are way off base.