One of the best stories of the college basketball season won’t get to play itself out this March due to an obscure NCAA rule.

Bellarmine won the ASUN conference tournament this week, which would normally mean an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. But because Bellarmine is still in the transition phase from Division II, it is ineligible to play in the Big Dance.

That means Jacksonville State — who lost in the semifinals of the ASUN Tournament but won the regular season — will head to the Big Dance instead.

This has been termed a “miscarriage of justice” by college basketball insider Jon Rothstein — and he’s not alone in that feeling. Here’s some of the reaction to Bellarmine’s exclusion from the NCAA Tournament:

Jeff Goodman had an interesting idea that could serve as a compromise — let Bellarmine play in the NIT.

Bellarmine is in its second season with the ASUN. It went 20-13 this season with an 11-5 record in conference play.