This happens every single year. Teams that finish No. 1 in its conference end up faltering in the league tournament, and in turn don’t get to represent the league in the NCAA Tournament.
We understand why leagues have conference tournaments:
1) The revenue drawn at the tournament helps.
2) The exposure for the title game on ESPN/ESPN 2 helps.
3) It keeps everyone motivated all season because you have a chance no matter what.
But the knock on them is this:
1) The league isn’t represented properly in the NCAA Tournament.
2) The regular season is essentially meaningless.
IF people were inclined to ditch the automatic bid and reward the regular season champion, we have an idea that would help alleviate concerns. LISTEN HERE:
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