The best teams are the best teams
Posted on: May 17, 2012 at 07:32:01 CT
you mean MU should not have gotten into the NCAA basketball tourney, while ranked 3rd in the country, because they didn't win the conference and lost to ku who did? That's exactly what you're saying.
The NCAA already went through this with Maryland in 1974, which was the second best team in the country behind NC State with David Thompson. Maryland wasn't allowed to play because it wasn't a conference championship. Fortunately, the NCAA finally got a clue and allowed non-conference winners to be selected.
Regarding non-conference winners, some teams start out slow, perhaps it takes some time to gel. However, the determination is made at year end, not disqualified early in the season. Oregon lost to LSU last year, yet you would allow them to be in as a conference winner, while Alabama who also lost to LSU would not be allowed in even though that was their only loss too, just because they were in the same conference. That's just asinine, and you know it, of course.
Bottom line is, a playoff is just that. The best teams meeting on the field of play to decide a championship. If you're not taking the best teams, it's not a playoff; it's a Maui Invitational. Don't even call it a playoff, because it's not.