Take a close look at the tweet below. The top right corner, specifically.
— APSU Mens Basketball (@AustinPeayMBB) October 26, 2016
See that? “2016 OVC Champions.”
Mid-major (and especially low-major) college basketball has had this weird divide for years now: a 14-22 game conference season — but we’re going to determine who gets to play for a national championship based on a three or four day stretch.
Over 16 games last season, Austin Peay was the 8th best in the OVC, but for four days in March, they caught fire, and had a chance to continue their season with the potential of being crowned the best in the land.
Over those same 16 games last season, Belmont was the best team in the OVC, but fell in an overtime thriller to Austin Peay because college basketball games are only 40 minutes, not 40 minutes and two-tenths of a second. Their season continued as well, but in a tournament who nobody really remembers who even won it. (It was George Washington. No, seriously.)
To be clear, I have zero issue with both schools hanging banners. Austin Peay has already hung their’s, in fact.
— Carol Byrd Clark (@CarolCatAP) October 26, 2016
So here’s my question: how should we view the conference season? Should it be given it’s own “title,” even one that’s majorly meaningless, or should we view it for what it really is: a way to seed teams for the actually important conference tournament.
To be clear, I have zero issue with both schools hanging banners
Even the pro leagues handle it differently. No trophy is handed out in the NFL for winning the regular season, it’s Super Bowl Champion or bust, but the NHL hands out the Presidents’ Trophy to the team with the most points in the regular season.
So, where do you stand?