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The Plight of Sean Woods: Should Winning Your Conference Tourney Keep You Out Of A Play-In Game?

I saw this comment from someone on a Yahoo article about Western Kentucky being loveable losers in this year's NCAA Tourney.

If a team wins its conference tournament and regular searson title it is unfair to put them in a 'play in' game. MVSU did this. I don't care how bad their conference was they deserve better from NCAA.
- Yappinmutt

Well, I got to thinking about it, and it does pose a question. should Conference Champions get guaranteed slots after the play-in game? I mean, Western won the Sun-Belt too, so does it not follow that they should also get to go to the second round automatically? Should the play-in games be played at the 7-12 level where teams who are good, but just not good enough to be at the top, go to struggle their way in? Does say a 12 seed play in make more sense? You do not want to upset the bracket guideline that higher seeds should get easier paths to the championship, do you? If being in a conference is worth nothing to teams at the bottom of the strength and money charts, would the game be better served by disallowing the conf. champions' exemption completely?

The NCAA did a great job this year in my estimation. Kentuckians however are going to have some mixed emotions come 6:30 tonight when the President and his entourage join the folks at University of Dayton Arena (A place near and dear to my heart, my HS graduation was held there). So, should this game be occurring this way in this format at all??



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