It seems to happen a few times every single year: a team juggernauts its way through the league schedule, only to suffer a stunning upset in the end-of-season league tournament and consequently lose out on an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament in favor of a lesser team.
Why does the college basketball world – particularly the mid-major conferences – feel the need to hand out their Dancing cards in such an unfair manner? All they do is cheapen the value of the regular season by giving lesser teams a second chance at making the NCAA Tournament. Many great seasons have been ruined at the conference tournament level, so why not just scrap them altogether?
Just think of the ways that the game would benefit:
1. Increases the value of the regular season.
It’s the biggest complaint about college basketball: the regular season means nothing. This is because, after a regular season games that includes matchups against every team in the conference, nearly team in the country still has a shot at making the Big Dance as long as they can make it through the end-of-season conference tournament.