QUOTE(Champs 5 times @ Mar 11 2012, 05:27 PM)
However the conference season IS extensive. WE KNOW WHO SUCKS. Leave them out. 6 teams MAX. Top two get byes. That's a fair playoff, and rewards those who play well during the regular season.
Well teams that play well during the regular season get rewarded with at-large bids. For the best teams in the ACC, it's only a 8 team tourney.
The conference tournament helps to separate the men from the boys so to speak. If a team like State goes down to a WF they don't make the tourney. It also gives a team like FSU a chance to prove their worth. Although FSU finished 3rd in the ACC regular season, I don't think anyone can argue that they haven't earned the right to be called the best team in the ACC RIGHT NOW.
I see two good things that come out of conference touraments:
1. It washes away records and lets us see how well teams are playing at the end of the season when they've had 30 games to mesh. A team could start conference play 1-4 and finish with a mediocre record but end the season playing as a top 3 team. It also allows teams to prove themselves in the event a star player is injured for a large part of the season.
2. I think some teams just play better under pressure and the conference tourney gives them a chance to make it or improve their seeding. It could possibly be the difference in a 6 seed and 3 seed.