Straight Up: Wofford has the first Automatic Bid

Straight Up With Sturg
March 07, 2019 - 2:41 pm

Back in the day, the Ivy League rewarded it's regular season champion with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.  Most don't remember a Penn Quaker team that made it to the Final Four in the 1979.  The three other teams were DePaul, Indiana State and Michigan State.  Most say Magic Johnson versus Larry Bird in that finals introduced the modern age of college basketball.


In 2019, Wofford has earned the first automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.  As the SoCon regular season champion, they are guaranteed a bid in the NIT, but this Terrier team is in the NCAA Tournament regardless of the outcome of the Southern Conference Tournament in Asheville beginning tomorrow.


The Terriers are ranked #22 in the current AP Poll, and there's no one loss that will cost them an "At Large" bid.  Mike Young and his team deserve it, as Wofford is only the fifth team to complete a SoCon regular season schedule undefeated.  The Terriers were 18-0, but in a league that has four teams with twenty plus wins in UNC Greensboro, Furman and East Tennessee State.  This not normal.


Wofford is automatic, and whomever wins the tournament in Asheville or potentially loses to Wofford in the Finals should make the NCAA Tournament as well.  Let's take Furman for instance, who could possibly meet Wofford in a Monday night Final at 7 PM.  Furman is 24-6, and has road wins at defending National Champion and currently ranked Villanova, plus a road win at Loyola, having another good season after a surprise run to last years Final Four.


Does Clemson have a win that matches those, or my Alabama Crimson Tide, or even South Carolina?  No.  Clemson is still in better shape, but Clemson and South Carolina fans better pull for Wofford, because the Terriers get an invite before the Tigers and Gamecocks.


And two time SoCon Player of the Year from Wofford Fletcher Magee deserves it!


I'm giving it to you "Straight Up",  the Wofford Terriers are your first automatic bid to this years NCAA Tournament.  Yes All the Top Ten are in, but Wofford is right there with them.

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