Mason's miracle run almost ended before it began

Jay Bilas points out that George Mason's miracle run to the Final Four almost never happened.

Originally Published: March 26, 2006
By Jay Bilas | Special to
Before I fawn over George Mason -- and I will -- the Patriots' incredible run to the Final Four underscores the points made on Selection Sunday: Being selected for inclusion in the tournament is far more important than seeding.

You can -- and many did -- make a great argument that George Mason should have been left out of the NCAA Tournament altogether. There, I said it. And it's true.

Jay Bilas

College Basketball analyst