I stand on that is, if you are taking the "four best" then we still have people deciding who those four are. I would like to view the conference play as part of a playoff. That way, people aren't deciding who goes, the players are. Win your conference, you go. To me, it's all about determining a champion, not about saying how far you went. If you are the 3rd best team and the best team is in your conference, you are simply eliminated earlier in the playoff. Or you could do something like a 6 team deal with the 4 conference champs going and two wild cards.