McKay: No Selection Sunday Is Like Christmas Without Presents

A March without Madness will be a tough adjustment for players, coaches and fans

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
March 16, 2020 - 10:10 am
Liberty NCAA Tournament 2019

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A March without Madness will be a tough adjustment for players, fans and coaches, including Liberty head coach Ritchie McKay, whose Flames went 30-4 and clinched a spot in the Big Dance for the second straight season.

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, the season ended without an NCAA Tournament.

“Selection Sunday, for most of us college basketball people, it’s like Christmas and we’re missing out on the unwrapping of the presents and all that,” McKay said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “But the older we get in life, the more we realize that when we look forward to Christmas, we look forward to giving more than receiving. I think that would be a disposition that all of us could take in this crisis, this pandemic, and try to rid our nation and our world of this virus. Just to make the sacrifices necessary in order for us to get back to a sense of calm and peace and normalcy.”

Liberty (30-4), which won 11 of its last 12 games, beat Mississippi State in the 2019 tournament before falling to Virginia Tech in the Round of 32. The Flames went 59-11 over the last two seasons.

“Hopefully towards the end of April right before school ends, we’ll have some kind of banquet and honor the guys that accomplished much this year,” McKay said. “In the meantime, we’ll just keep loving on them and making sure we’re pursuing the best version of ourselves. A lot of teams had great seasons. Who knows what could have happened? The NCAA Tournament, that really serves sometimes as a catalyst for lives to change. Though we didn’t get to partake this year, we won’t forget what we did accomplish, and obviously we’ll celebrate that as the coronavirus ends or subsides.”