Yes, Liberty belongs

Iliana Limón Romero

Orlando Sentinel

Liberty absolutely belongs in the NCAA tournament field despite its 15-20 overall record. The Flames made a stunning run through the Big South tournament to become the second 20-loss team to ever earn an NCAA tournament bid.

Liberty's improbable success is what March Madness is all about.

The Flames started the season with an 0-8 record and struggled to string together wins all season. However, Liberty managed to pull it together to go on a five-game winning streak and clinch an automatic NCAA tournament bid.

Sure, Liberty may have bounced an SEC or ACC team off the bubble, but that's the joy of March Madness.

Beauty of postseason

Jeff Otterbein

Hartford Courant

First reaction is no way, it devalues the regular season. What sort of madness is this, where a 15-20 team such as Liberty can get into the NCAA tournament? But really, that is the beauty of postseason basketball.

Get hot at the right time, win your postseason tournament and make it to the NCAA tournament, one reason it is called March Madness.

For most of the country, we now get to find out Liberty's nickname (Flames), coach (Dale Laney), last tournament appearance (2004) and other assorted items.

Yes, the Flames are still burning … at least until the tournament opener. They're 0-2, having lost in 1994 and 2004.

TV show, not a playoff

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

A losing team in the NCAA is no Big South deal to me. Give me Liberty (15-20) or give me Coppin State (20 losses in 2008).