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Are Conference Tournaments Good for College Basketball?
March 09, 1998
YESOf the major conferences, only the Ivy League and the Pac-10 don't give teams a chance to redeem a lousy season. To those who say tournaments water down the regular season, tell it to Fairfield, an NCAA participant last season after going 8-18 and then winning the Metro Atlantic tournament. The only watering down going on is tears tumbling down cheeks.—Alexander Wolff
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March 09, 1998

Are Conference Tournaments Good For College Basketball?

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Of the major conferences, only the Ivy League and the Pac-10 don't give teams a chance to redeem a lousy season. To those who say tournaments water down the regular season, tell it to Fairfield, an NCAA participant last season after going 8-18 and then winning the Metro Atlantic tournament. The only watering down going on is tears tumbling down cheeks.
—Alexander Wolff

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Last season's Metro Atlantic bid should have gone to 22-6 lona, the team that played the best during the season. Postseason tournaments have nothing to do with dreams and tears, and everything to do with collecting moolah for the conference coffers. The NCAA selectors don't need a free-for-all to pick, say, a half-dozen teams from the ACC every year. They should take only the season's best from the other conferences.
—J.M.

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