Because quite a few schools have bad losses, or a lot of wins over marginal opponents. So if schools with bad losses win over the schools high in the rankings, it kills the numbers of those schools. It's not just in the AAC either.
You say you support the students. And that is fine. College basketball isn't about the student athletes any longer. It is about who can spend more money to field the best team. That's NIL and the landscape.
Just because Stone didn't get a "payout" doesn't mean he should be cut any slack. In fact, he is taking the spot for someone that could offer more. That's the point.
Even if we go back to the old days where it was scholarships. Do you reward someone for underperforming because you want to "support" them?