As an objective, sports-watching fan, we love conference tourneys. Especially the small ones. They're fun, they're exciting, and it's two teams battling so hard to get their lunch handed to them by UNC or Memphis.
- Why does the top team need to prove itself again?
- It provides extra games for teams to help (or hurt) their NCAA Tournament standing.
- They're poorly attended.
- The major conference tourneys are in NBA arenas, which are like watching games in a giant cave.
- It's like watching a game in a giant cave
- It's poorly attended
- It's not neutral
- At Sacramento's Arco Arena (still a cave, but a neutral one). The closest set of schools are Cal and Stanford, about an hour and a half away.)
- Rotated between West Coast NBA arenas. The Oakland Coliseum, Staples, the Rose Garden, KeyArena and wherever the Suns play. It'd still have the cavernous feeling, but it keeps it neutral. Sort of.
- Rotated between home sites. Neutral and not cavernous! Yay! Imagine this year's tourney being at Oregon's Mac Court. That might give the Ducks the wins they need to get off the bubble.
- At the No. 1 seed's home site.
And that last bullet point is really the problem with all major conference tourneys. (To be fair, many of the small mid-majors' top seed has home court throughout).
If a team already has won its conference outright, and then has to prove its dominance again in a conference tourney, at least there should be an advantage of being the No. 1. (This is sort of moot in the Pac-10, since UCLA has won the regular season title like 27 years in a row (more like three) and the Bruins virtually get home games at Staples, anyway.)
So, ugh, yeah. Fuck conference tournaments. (Sorta, kinda). All we need now is for the Huskies to take out Cal, UCLA, and two more teams and go to the NCAA Tournament. Then we'd consider blowing Pac-10 commissioner, Tom Hansen.