I would like a million dollars in cash. Male college students would like to go on a date with a supermodel. Senior citizens would like every drug company to drastically lower all of its prices on all of its products. Why make these three statements?
They are all examples of the following point: Just because you want something doesn’t mean there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that it will actually happen. Consider the remarks of South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Frank Martin after his team defeated Georgia to conclude the SEC regular season:
“We’ve lost games. I understand. I’m not here to say we belong,” Frank Martin said. “But I’m here to say put ours against anybody on the bubble.”
The Gamecocks are 16-15, but they earned the No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament, which carries with it a double-bye into the quarterfinals. South Carolina can’t complain about its at-large resume status — the Gamecocks have no time in which to improve it. The task now becomes winning three straight games at the SEC Tournament to grab an automatic bid.
Then that bubble nonsense can fade away for good.
South Carolina has done well in the SEC this season, but the Gamecocks’ 11-7 league record came without a win over any of the top three teams in the league: LSU, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
Outsiders probably don’t respect South Carolina’s resume right now. South Carolina fans don’t respect outsiders that much… but they’ll keep laughing all the way to the bank unless or until someone shows it can stop the Gamecocks cold.
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