To give you an idea of how lopsided the MCCAA was this season, here’s the final from the District 8 tournament:
Kalamazoo Valley CC 88, Lansing CC 59
So, the best team in that region blows away the second-best team by 29. Mott beat Kalamazoo Valley just last weekend by 28.
You could make a strong argument, going on the last three years, that the top 2-3 teams in the MCCAA Eastern Conference are/were more deserving of spots in the national tournament than any team in the Western Conference.
Henry Ford beat KVCC twice and St. Clair beat them in their only meeting. So, you have two teams that are clearly better than KVCC who have to sit it out. I think the solution is one larger regional with two spots awarded to the national tournament.