Posted by ll316 on 5/19/2013 3:59:00 PM (view original):
Posted by zbrent716 on 5/17/2013 9:23:00 PM (view original):It's incredibly easy for schools to get to .500, regardless of how tough their conference is. Know what you can do? Stop scheduling for "good" losses in the non con. If you're not good enough to win basketball games, you shouldn't be in the post season.
The only real impact this would have would be to screw owners who are in very tough conferences with only decent or good teams, rather than great.
My lone team at the moment is in Tark, GLV. It has been the toughest Tark D2 conference for as long as I can remember, and has to be in the competition for toughest D2 (or even overall) conference, regardless of World.
This past season, all 12 teams made the postseason. Basically, those who were above .500 made the NT.
Those of us below .500 were ineligible for the NT (though RPI/projection would have had a couple of us in), so we were sent to the PIT. The D2 PIT final four this past season was 4 GLV teams.
We each had solid teams, much better teams than most owners in sim-filled conferences, and when we played them in the PIT, it showed. But, because we had so many very good/great teams in conference, it becomes nearly impossible for everyone to stay above .500.
So, because we're in an extremely strong conference, we're "penalized" by not being eligible as under-.500 teams for the NT, and that's fine. To go this step further and make us ineligible for ANY postseason tournament in favor of lesser teams who played weak schedules is absurd.
Last season, Bellarmine (http://whatifsports.com/hd/TeamProfile/History.aspx?tid=12157) went to the PI title game. Bellarmine also went 3-13 in conference.
Even if you schedule 10 sim cupcakes (which is hardly enjoyable or "good" for the World) you are not guaranteed a .500 record.
Here, even if Bellarmine had gone 10-0 in OOC (it didn't), that would have put it at 13-13 after the regular season.
Under the proposed rules, a conference tourney loss and it is under .500 and out of all post-season play, instead of in the Championship game of the PIT.
To the extent that WhatIf wants to provide incentives for certain type of scheduling, it'd be better off supporting competitive games between live owners, instead of a parade of massacres against SIMs because people *need* sure wins to have a chance of post-season play.