Shaka Smart has taken his VCU Rams to the Final Four in the past–so when Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said that the ACC deserved more berths in the NCAA Tournament than the Atlantic 10, Smart went on the offensive. Smart went right back at Coach K, while calling the comments “low level.” And we’re thinking that Smart has a point here.
The A-10 did get six teams into the tournament as opposed to the ACC’s five but the six teams that did make it in deserved to do it. The ACC’s teams have been beating up on each other all season in a top-heavy league. Smart has shown in the past what he can do with a mid-major program and taking them within two wins of a national championship.
There has been a lot of grumbling the last 48 hours over the teams the selection committee took or didn’t take. There was no reason for Coach K to say what he did and Smart called him out on the carpet for doing it.