So you like championship week right? You like the drama, the Cinderella stories? ESPN loves it, of course, hoping for reruns of Hoosiers each night this week.
But for the traditional one bid conferences in the NCAA tournament–and that could be as many as 22 of the 32 conferences who will receive guaranteed bids in the 68-team field when it is announced next Sunday– a dangerous game, which totally devalues the regular season, is again unfolding.
If you doubt that, check how they feel at Monmouth this morning, where the team that breezed to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season championship with an 18-2 record–four games better than the runner up-almost certainly will not be Dancing in the NCAA tournament.
The Hawks lost in the semifinals of the MAAC to Siena, which finished the MAC season with a 12-8 record. The MAAC likes the big feel of tournaments and plays on “neutral” sites, which was in Albany, N.Y–which also happens to be where Siena is located.
More about that later.
It marks the second year in succession Monmouth has breezed through the MAAC conference regular season, but then lost in the conference tournament The consolation prize is a bid to the NIT.
In the Ohio Valley Conference , Belmont finished with a dominating 15-1 regular season, but also lost in the tournament. In the SWAC, Texas Southern finished with a 16-2 record and will not be dancing if it loses this week. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.