“I must say congratulations to Belmont on winning the OVC conference tournament and receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. I’m sure that anyone who is a true college basketball fan can appreciate the level at which we both played. I’m sure that many will agree that our game vs. Belmont was one of the best games this year. We left all we had on the court. 2nd, I’d like to congratulate my teammates on winning the OVC regular season championship. And on having the 2nd longest winning streak in men’s basketball this season with 25 consecutive wins. Proud of the fact that we put our heart and soul into accomplishing something that few have EVER done in the history of college basketball. We will carry that with us for a lifetime and no one can take that away from us (not even the NCAA.) Speaking of the NCAA…I won’t use this space to appeal to our almighty governing body as to why we should appear in the NCAA tournament. I mean, if you’ve watched us at all, that should be a no brainer. We actually earned and deserve any opportunity to participate in the NCAA tournament based on merit alone…but for some reason most of the national media have already abandoned the concept of merit and accepted the have’s vs. have not’s narrative. At around 6pm Sunday March 15, The NCAA will be given the perfect opportunity to stand on America’s core values of equality and fairness. Will the NCAA continue to speak up for the have’s while minimizing the have not’s? Will the NCAA treat us as equals or show us that we’re anything but equal? I chose to ask these questions and write my closing arguments today, a week before deliberations begin and the verdict is due.”
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