Winning the conference tournament and going to the NCAA tournament is definitely not a waste, but if we want to win a game there one day you have to win more than 9/10 games during the regular season.
The point is devaluing the importance of the regular season and just going with three games in March is all that matters just isnt the approach Id want the team to take anymore.
I don't think anyone on the staff cavalierly dismisses the regular season as if it didn't matter. Truth be told it appears some of the kids that were recruited and the coaching staff needs to take a look in the mirror...didn't or will not pan out. That has led to almost no depth, and tired legs for starters etc.
The coaches job is to put the team in the best position to win games, unfortunately that has meant heavy minutes for starters. Look at Clark's numbers last 4 or 5 games...how are you gonna put him in there? He's just not helping the team. I'm as disappointed as anyone in the lack of depth...I for one did not see this lack of depth coming. Maybe it's on the coaches that they aren't preparing the depth of developing it but every time I see them on the court, it's not good.
Not to mention I'm not sure when we've gotten "smoked" in the tourney (other than Virginia). We've had some crap matchups and they've played out just how our games would play out against any top 25 team. I'm down with being pissed off about losing to bad teams in the league. Thinking we should be winning tourney games or making tourney run's is Vermont fan level delusional. Only way you're winning one out of this league is by stealing a game from a damn good team. There's a reason people remember when low/mid's do it.
We always do 'well'.........for the first 25-30 minutes. Then we got our doors blown off when the other guys go on a 15-2 run or something because our athletes are gassed compared to theirs when they have 13 guys who'd start on our team and we only have maybe 1 or 2 that would start on theirs or even get serious minutes (that's just how the cookie crumbles for our tier of D1 hoops). The final score might not be us getting beat by 50, but we sure as hell can't compete for 40 minutes with those teams. That's just how it is.
I'm tired of just doing 'well'. Either we need to focus on having a FULL SEASON of dominance and stop just waiting for the 'new season in March'...or we need to get the hell out of the AE. We have 5 titles and we're still bumbling along the high end of the low majors with Vermont who has had their own share of continued success.
That's why getting a seed in the low teens is vital. Facing #1's and #2's every time we make the dance is doing nothing for us. Just adding L's. Playing a #5 is a much better proposition for anyone at our level. There is a reason why there pretty much a yearly upset of a #5 by a #12 for example. When's the last time a #1 or #2 lost in the first round? #1 never, #2 only 8 times in the history of the dance:
The list gets WAY longer the closer you get to #12, #13, etc. although it's still not a given you'll win that game.
I'm going to disagree with the general sentiment that getting NCAA trips and losing is useless...You try to win the conference, then the tournament then try to get a game or two in the NCAA tourney. Repeatedly making the tournament even if not winning shows that it's a winning program and can go dancing which entices kids like Rizzuto, DeSousa etc.
Newflash, the AE is a garbage league...there is no money to move to a better league nor facilities etc. So you make do with the best you got until you are in position to enhance your position. Dancing enhances your profile even if you get beat is very valuable to a low major league like the AE as it pays dividends on the recruiting trail. It's very difficult to win a game in the NCAA for a crappy league like the AE, always ranked in the bottom 10 as a conference. Vermont went perfect last year, won 29 games on the year and promptly got beat by double digits by Perdue as a 13 seed.