W/ teams like UNC-Asheville and Indiana State throwing large wrenches early in the process of bids for the NCAA tournament, I have to blog about what I've said forever.........the NCAA needs to change how the automatic bids get determined. I've been an advocate for years that the auto bids be the regular season champions. That way, at least the teams who work their butts off and fight game in and game out and do the best, get in. They are the ones the who truly deserve it. Let the conference tourney champions, that are different from regular season champs, get automatic NIT bids. These teams still get the trophy, money and postseason play.
Now I wonder will Missouri State get screwed? More importantly how many deserving bubble teams get shunned to the NIT or worse because of these upsets. As a person who has always done his own rankings for college hoops and has a profound love of the game himself, I'm not too worried about detracting from the excitement and fan fair of March Madness, w/ these changes. Those who truly love college hoops, and that's a LOT, will not turn away. College hoops is a great, if not the greatest, pasion for me personally and I feel for these teams who deserve a shot, especially for those outside the Big 6 conferences. There are way too many teams deserving of a bid from other conferences. Parity is bigger than ever (which is great for the game). Let's reward teams for having great seasons, period. If the committee doesn't really look at RPI, why the hell does everyone bring it up? Get rid of it! As for strength of schedule, that is so skewed, it's pathetic.
Memo to the NCAA: Reward teams! Don't have 346 Division I teams and act like they're all important, if it's really about greed and money and they really aren't all important. The sysytem has needed changing for a long time. I can only hope the NCAA will get it better one day.