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The loss in the MAAC title game will make the Hawks sweat out Selection Sunday, but they belong in the dance.

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Bracket Boy earns a sizable side income as a motivational speaker, and one of his favorite one liners touches on how his fine state doesnt often actually have an NCAA Tournament team to follow. 
You know what New Jersey has in common with Bomont, the town in Footloose? BB will tell the crowd. Theres no dancing!
Thats going to change this year, with Seton Hall a lock for an at-large bid. And the Pirates could be joined by FDU, who will play for the NEC Tournament title on Tuesday night. But BB would like to quote his good friend and offseason golfing partner Jay Bilas on the fate of a third New Jersey team: 
Monmouth should be in the NCAA Tournament, he said. Theyve earned it as an at large.
Thats the fate that awaits Monmouth after losing to Iona in a nail biter in the MAAC championship game. The Hawks should have taken care of business and defeated the Gaels, but a few poor shots and costly fouls were the difference in a close game. Thats March. 
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Bracket Boy admits the Hawks are an interesting case. They beat Notre Dame and USC in a tournament, and two other quality opponents, UCLA and Georgetown, on the road. In case you think its easy to beat UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, a pair of certain NCAA Tournament teams, Kentucky and Arizona, both lost there.
Still, the Hawks have offset their quality wins with a few clunkers. The Hawks have three 200+ RPI losses, and according to , only USC in 2011 has received an at-large bid with that blemish on their resume.
For our resident expert, it all comes back to one thing: If the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee wants teams to play a difficult road schedule, it has to reward them for doing so -- and, in the case of Monmouth, winning -- or whats the incentive?
I think the Hawks will get in, BB said. They might be one of the final at-large teams to get a spot, but given their history of pulling upsets, I wouldnt want to play them. 

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The loss in the MAAC title game will make the Hawks sweat out Selection Sunday, but they belong in the dance.

Watch video




Bracket Boy earns a sizable side income as a motivational speaker, and one of his favorite one liners touches on how his fine state doesnt often actually have an NCAA Tournament team to follow. 
You know what New Jersey has in common with Bomont, the town in Footloose? BB will tell the crowd. Theres no dancing!
Thats going to change this year, with Seton Hall a lock for an at-large bid. And the Pirates could be joined by FDU, who will play for the NEC Tournament title on Tuesday night. But BB would like to quote his good friend and offseason golfing partner Jay Bilas on the fate of a third New Jersey team: 
Monmouth should be in the NCAA Tournament, he said. Theyve earned it as an at large.
Thats the fate that awaits Monmouth after losing to Iona in a nail biter in the MAAC championship game. The Hawks should have taken care of business and defeated the Gaels, but a few poor shots and costly fouls were the difference in a close game. Thats March. 
The Best of BBs hilarious cartoons
Bracket Boy admits the Hawks are an interesting case. They beat Notre Dame and USC in a tournament, and two other quality opponents, UCLA and Georgetown, on the road. In case you think its easy to beat UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, a pair of certain NCAA Tournament teams, Kentucky and Arizona, both lost there.
Still, the Hawks have offset their quality wins with a few clunkers. The Hawks have three 200+ RPI losses, and according to CBSSports.com, only USC in 2011 has received an at-large bid with that blemish on their resume.
For our resident expert, it all comes back to one thing: If the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee wants teams to play a difficult road schedule, it has to reward them for doing so -- and, in the case of Monmouth, winning -- or whats the incentive?
I think the Hawks will get in, BB said. They might be one of the final at-large teams to get a spot, but given their history of pulling upsets, I wouldnt want to play them. 

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