A season ago it was North Carolina A&T, one of seven teams to complete a conference regular season unbeaten, only to lose in its conference tournament and land in the WNIT. The year before that it was South Dakota, which also went through the regular season unbeaten in its conference but was later dispatched to the WNIT.
sorry, that's what "march madness" is all about. if ya can't win your own conference tournament, then what hope do you have of winning a "march madness" playoff game?
a favorable bracket seeding is all the advantage the regular season champions deserve...
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If that's the case what's the regular season for? Any team can win/lose at any time...but a season shows a body of work that cannot be denied.
like i said, if you're the best team at the end of the season when it matters the most, then you'll win the doggone tournament. i don't believe in "making excuses" for the regular season champ not winning the championship tournament. you're given the most advantageous bracket, so there's no reason you should not be able to win the tournament championship if you're the best team.
if you can't win your own tournament, then what gives anybody the impression that you can win a march madness game? just because you win the regular season doesn't necessarily mean you're the best team, especially given that unlike football, nobody plays the exact same schedule.
and it really doesn't matter whether our best team plays in the "big dance" or not, the outcome will be the same regardless. so why take away from the meac tournament what "march madness" is all about? where do you think the term "march madness" came from in the first place? certainly not from regular season champions. it came from tournament "upsets" and that's the beauty of conference tournament championships.
the meac tournament games in recent years that i've been to always has a "buzz" in the air because so much is at stake in every game and i personally wouldn't have it any other way. besides, the regular season champs have an automatic "consolation prize" in the form of an auto invite to the nit/wnit postseason tournaments. prove you deserve to be in the "big dance" at the nit/wnit if somehow you slip up in the tournament...
Post by neighborhoodsuperstar on Mar 10, 2020 21:25:46 GMT -5
I was at both games.....vs Wake and UNC-C. We swarmed Wake's campus and made it our home court advantage. We did the same thing in Charlotte, too. Miami was just too far away for me to go in just a short period of time. I'm sure that affected other Aggies as well.
Unfortunately, the NIT for men ain't that easy. There may be a close location for the 1st round, but after that, you may end up doing some serious travelling. That's why what Norfolk did last year, to travel to Alabama and beat them on their home floor as a top seed, was a tremendous feat! That usually DOES NOT happen. And what did Norfolk get for its Herculean victory? They had to travel to Boulder, CO a few days later and play Colorado on their home floor. The NIT is unbelievably difficult to win in, particularly if you're a weaker seed. You will be on the stronger seed's floor virtually every single round. That's why I love for the BEST TEAM in the MEAC to compete in the NCAA tourney - you at least get a neutral floor on which to compete.
The postseason NIT guarantee is an EQUAL reward for the regular season champion.
Until everyone does away with the conference tournament, which really aren’t money makers for the MID/LOW major leagues or the conference offices.
This discussion is only being had because somebody crying about their team losing.
THE NCAA is not doing away with the tournaments because the power five schools ARE making money with their tournaments. We know that they are because THEY KEEP PLAYING THEM. Remember the BIG 12 (Big 10) went for years without a tournament until they realized how much money they missed out on.