I have always hated that the tournament champion gets the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. In theory this means you could lose all your games and just win 4 at the end. In reality if you are so bad you lose all your games, you aren't going to "find" yourself and suddenly start winning. However in the MAC and probably most mid-major conferences the top teams are so close in ability that if one is hot and one is not, the hottest team at tournament time tends to win.
I still wish the NCAA tournament would go to 96 teams and eliminate the NIT. That way the regular season champion gets an auto bid and the tournament champion too (assuming they are different teams).
Nice job by Kent State, you played much better than Akron last night and deserve to win! A KSU team that has trouble shooting the ball most of the season, but makes up for it in great offensive rebounding.