Big West 2022 & Poll Dec 9, 2022 23:03:59 GMT -5
Post by BeachbytheBay on Dec 9, 2022 23:03:59 GMT -5
NO, it doesn't necessarily benefit other teams specifically in one single season. these 'other' teams could be the #1 seed and lose in teh tournament. that's not a 'benefit' specific to that season,......
but OVERALL, it WILL increase bids slightly, so OVERALL on an average basis, it is BENEFICIAL to every team, because it INCREASES the likelihood of a bid for any team, less so for Hawaii, more so for others based on historical data.
yes some team is gonna be a #1 seed at somepoint, not win the tournament, not get the at-large, and rue the tournament at that moment. overall though it benefits the conference and teams
all these arguments about 'getting screwed out of bid' are defeatist
The "slight" chance of either increasing the bids or the chances of a bid for another team pales in comparision to the detriment caused to a team that wins the regular season conference title, as clearly exemplified in the example of Long Beach in Men's Basketball. I don't consider that to be defeatist, I think it's punitive and counter-productive. Again, the better solution is look for ways to improve the over-all number of teams who are tournament eligible on the strength of RPI. And I do understand that's not an easy task with an obvious solution, but the Conference in general isn't even trying.
the different in opinion is that the conference (or any conference) has ZERO leverage really to make teams better. I know that sounds odd. Some schools simply have to pick and choose their battles. In T&F sports, Long Beach for instance doesn't excel in cross-country/long distance because they target sprints and field events.
it's not punitive if the rules are clear for the auto-bid, which they will be. If it increases 2 bids per decades, then is it worth it for the conference (which statistically on average flows to the teams)?
does it 'diminish' the regular season championship? that's debatable. the team is the champion, does the conference risk not sending the 'best' team, that's possible, but outweight by sending more teams
in the AGGREGATE, sending more teams is beneficial to teams, especially those on the bubble - hard to characterize that as punitive.
let's face it if the top 6 teams, say were ranked 65, 78, 89, 100, 102, 125 and it's not a great year anyway, and if the #78 team won the regular season, is that really so punitive that one of those other teams got in? I don't see it that way, but that's my opinion.
LB Men's basketball was rated about 160 last year, hardly something to get in a twist over that they got 'punished' by the Big West rules for auto-bid