Joined: Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:22 pm Posts: 551 Location: Tennessee
Really surprised that Union didn't get in to the National tournament. You're telling me Union isn't one of the 32 best teams in the NAIA? The TranSouth gets hosed in baseball, softball, and volleyball in the NAIA polls.
The 32 best teams don't get to go to Alabama. There are three teams there with losing records. There were quite a few mercy rule games in the first day. This system needs to be changed before next season.
You can't do much when those teams qualify through their conference's automatic bid system. The only way to change what we have is to change how automatics are handed out, but how do you compare one conference to another?
_________________ 2009 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Pick 'Em Runner Up Three-time NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Pick 'Em Participant 2010 SSAC Pick 'Em Champion 2012 SSAC Pick 'Em Runner Up
Follow the baseball example. 1. You have to have a successful regular season 2. You eliminate some over-rated teams in a first round tournament 3. All of the teams at the World Series can make a legit claim at being one of the 10 best.
Not saying the NAIA needs to be the NCAA by all means, but to save money - because the NAIA doesn't reimburse expenses - they should do regionals and super-regionals. I know it will take away from Alabama, but I don't agree with Alabama being the champion site anyway. So they can increase the amount of teams that participate, and then run a weekend pool locally, then move on to a 16-team group for super-regionals (2 of 3) and then punch the ticket onto wonderful, centrally located Alabama.
You could easily now get all of the top 25, plus some RV's in to weed out the week teams. Iowa Wesleyan? Really? William Penn needs to check themselves. If you take all the regions of the NAIA, you could get 8 regions of 8 teams to double the teams. I would then say to move the tourney to some local area permanently like St Louis or KC where there are major tournies for travel every year.
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