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Are NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids for winning conference tournaments bad for the game?

Editor's note: Here's a good topic to discuss. Feel free to give your comments below.

A few days ago ESPNW posted a discussion between Charlie Creme and Graham Hays about whether the process of giving automatic bids to the winners of conference tournaments was bad for the game. You can read their discussion right here. Hays argued that by giving the winner of conference tournaments an automatic bid, it tended to push out stronger teams from mid major conferences who were upset in the conference tournament. In particular, he points to Bowling Green who was upset by Ball State in the MAC tournament and was left out of the big dance despite a 17-1 conference record.

Creme responds that conference tournaments show case some of the best basketball in the game, which I think most of us would agree with. However, Michelle Voepel mentioned in yesterday's ESPN chat that perhaps it would be prudent to give the automatic bid to the regular season champion rather than the conference tournament winner. So I think it would be interesting to continue that discussion here. Should conference tournament winners continue to get automatic bids? If not what would you change about the way automatic bids are given out, if they're given out at all?

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