Can't say that the Zips would have beaten Michigan. Was Northwestern as 'good' as Michigan? All the games in the NCAA are 'on the road'. Can't say they would have won yesterday. Zips don't have someone who can take over a game like Cooper. Maybe Abreu can get there. Sorry until you do it its all speculation and wishful thinking.
The MAC a 2 bid conference? Not right now. Maybe what they should think about is ditching the conference tournament so the 'best' regular season team goes. For the marginal conferences like the MAC the tourney is only to make money and get some ESPN/STO time. The conference may be penalizing itself, because the 'best' regular season team may not end up going. Last year when the #1 seed didn't make it to the NCAA we didn't notice as much did we?