- Jan 30, 2013
I sorta get what he was going for though. By talking about at-large bids now, it can be read that people are already giving up on winning the conference tournament and getting the auto bid. That's not what's happening, but it can look like that. Of course, it also goes the other way: by downplaying OOC performance, you can come of as though you're giving up on an at-large and pinning your hopes on Brooklyn.I disagree. Even with the A10 looking stronger this season than last, this is the time of year to build that at-large resume. We're not likely to play a team in the A10 that's as strong as LSU, Tennessee, or Purdue. If you win some or all of those, you've set yourself up very well and can then try to improve your seeding during the conference regular season and later in the conference tournament. This is the life of a team in a mid-major conference. There aren't many (or any) opportunities during the conference schedule to pick up a Quad 1 win. And, as has been mentioned before, the top seed in the A10 rarely wins the conference tournament to get the auto-bid. The league makes sure of that.
If the NET is going to be the standard and the formula largely goes unchanged, the A10 should figure out how to exploit that in their scheduling. Somehow teams atop the SoCon were having like 4-6 Q1 games because they were playing everyone twice, so because a top-70 team on the road qualifies, you were getting games against East Tennessee State and Furman counting as Q1. Which seems janky on the surface.