Why automatic bids should be eliminated 

February, 15, 2012
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Murray StateAP Photo/Stephen Lance DenneeIt'd be a shame if Isaiah Canaan and Murray State were left out of the NCAA tournament.
Ever since Murray State tumbled unexpectedly to Tennessee State, the bubble talk began to swirl around the Racers. Suddenly, a team that previously was undefeated and ranked in the top 10 of the polls might need to walk a tightrope in the conference tournament just to make the NCAA tournament field. To me, this is silly. Silly not because the Racers are tournament locks in my mind but because they belong in the field and their exclusion would point directly to a serious flaw in the way we decide the national championship.