Jay Bilas stands by VCU stance
Here is what ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said when I asked him whether he thinks it is fair he has become the symbol of VCU doubters everywhere and a rallying cry for the basketball team:
"I don't have any problem with anything that's been said. I mean, I get to say what I want, everybody else gets to say what they want. I have zero problem with it. It doesn't bother me a bit.
"Those arguments for selection are Selection Sunday-only arguments. They have nothing to do with performance. I'll put it this way: The fact that VCU has played extraordinarily well and won does not make my argument wrong. Similarly, the fact that UAB lost and did not play well does not make my argument against them right.
"That's not the way the world works. It's certainly not the way the college basketball world works. If one actually listened intently to what was said on Selection Sunday, the argument was basically that Colorado or Virginia Tech was worthy of getting in first, not that any one team didn't belong at all.
"I felt that of the teams discussed UAB should have been last in line. But that doesn't mean that they weren't capable of playing well and winning once they got there. Performance in the tournament is different from selection, if that makes any sense."