Originally Posted by dak121
Can't even say I'm suprised.
Unless the age-limit is raised another year or two, expect to see more VCU/Butler types making it far in the tournament. The top-levels teams are not nearly as talented as they were 15-20 years ago.
Don't blame it on the age limit. Heck, for the better part of three decades the best HS players were jumping straight to the pros.
Parity exists largely because of TV and the popularity of the tourney. Kids see programs on a regular basis that they would have never heard of 25 years ago. Instead of sitting on the bench for 3 years at UNC, UCLA, Kansas, etc, a talented player can go to Butler, Richmond, VCU, George Mason, etc, play right now, get on tv, and get exposure. Benfits the player and program, not to mention the viewer/fan. I've been watching this tournament since it was 24 teams. It's never been better.