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Shaka Smart: Pot-shots at other leagues about NCAA selections unnecessary, uninformed

  • VCU head coach Shaka Smart talks to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Joseph in the championship round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament at the Barclays Center in New York, Sunday, March 16, 2014. St. Joseph's defeated VCU 65-61. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    VCU head coach Shaka Smart talks to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Joseph in the championship round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament at the Barclays Center in New York, Sunday, March 16, 2014. St. Joseph's defeated VCU 65-61. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts after being called for a technical foul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts after being called for a technical foul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

Shaka Smart isn't amused by people taking shots at the strength of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The Virginia Commonwealth coach said on Monday the A-10 needs to apologize to no one for getting six teams in the NCAA tournament, including five at-large bids, because they all earned the right to be included.

The Rams (26-8), who lost in the championship to Saint Joseph's, received an at-large bid along with other A-10 schools: Massachusetts (24-8), Saint Louis (26-6), George Washington (24-8) and Dayton (23-10).

On Saturday, after Duke beat North Carolina State in the ACC semifinals, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewksi said he thought the Wolfpack deserved an at-large berth, even ahead of an A-10 team.