Coppin State, With 20 Losses, Makes The NCAAs

Coppin State University is a historically black college based in Baltimore, with an enrollment of about 4,000 undergraduates, according to WIKIPEDIA.

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And their baskeball team, with 20 losses, a losing record in the MEAC, and no notable wins, has just qualified for the NCAA tournament.

SPORTSNETWORK.COM informs us that Coppin State did so by winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament by shocking No. 1 seed Morgan State last night, 62-60.

Despite the excitement that the NCAA tournament brings to the average sports fan, in many ways, it’s grossly unfair. Morgan State went 22-10 overall this year and swept Coppin State in the regular-season series. But because these schools decided that 30 games wasn’t enough to decide who their best team was, they put on some quickie tournament, and try to make a little money on the side.

Now, Coppin State is going to a certain first-round loss (probably in the play-in game on Tuesday), while the class of the MEAC will be lucky to secure a bid to the NIT. How much good is served when your league’s most-qualified team sits at home during the college game’s showcase event? March Madness, indeed.