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Dick Vitale Has A Message For The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee

Dick Vitale dances with Louisville cheerleader.

The college basketball regular season is almost over, and certain programs are running out of time to make late pushes toward the NCAA tournament. One signature victory is sometimes all it takes for teams playing in major conferences to improve their resume, but others will need to win their conference.

While the selection committee usually doesn't provide any favors for teams coming out of smaller conferences, Dick Vitale believes it's time to make the switch. In an emphatic response on Twitter, the ESPN broadcaster agreed with an article from the Lexington Herald Leader that vouched for "the little guys."

Vitale thinks that teams that can't win at least half of their conference matchups don't deserve to make the tournament. This idea would open the door for more opportunities to see upsets in March.

Every year it seems like inconsistent teams make the tournament because of their reputation. Sputtering programs like Auburn and Ohio State could find themselves in the dance despite months of unsteady production.

Instead of rewarding the elite leagues in college hoops, the committee should recognize the season-long success that programs were able to sustain.

Murray State is the most common team brought to the discussion because of Ja Morant. He will most likely go to the NBA Draft, and it'd be fitting to watch him on the grandest stage.

Other programs such as Hofstra, Wofford and Belmont are also deserving of spots in the tournament. However, the recent trend of sticking to the marquee schools could cast doubt on their chances.

Only time will tell if the committee changes their recent approach, but history doesn't bode well for small conference programs.

The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is set for Sunday, March 17.