Portland takes advantage of chance

Originally Published: November 28, 2009
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Debate the plight of the teams outside of the so-called "power six" conferences all you want, but the unfortunate reality is this: The chance to gain selection committee recognition is usually earned on a neutral court in November.

Unless the team picks up a win in December against an NCAA-bound, major conference team -- or has a highly rated team in its conference that it plays (the Gonzagas, Butlers and Xaviers of the world) -- differentiating itself from a team ...

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