Skip to comments.NCAA to expand tournament from 65 to 68 teams (Small Conferences essentially lose 4 Automatic bids)
Posted on 04/22/2010 2:04:39 PM PDT by TitansAFC
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA plans to expand the men's basketball tournament from 65 to 68 teams beginning next year and announced a new, $10.8 billion broadcasting deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting on Thursday that will allow every game to be shown live for the first time.
The three-team expansion is much more modest than 80- and 96-team proposals the NCAA outlined just a few weeks ago at the Final Four.
(Excerpt) Read more at sportsillustrated.cnn.com ...
Thats ALL this is about: creating four more bids for big conferences in the real part of the tournament (real part = 64 team field). Now even automatic bids wont get small conference champions into the field of 64 anymore; meanwhile the NCAA can now freely give the ACC a 9th team in the tournament, the Big East a 10th team, the Big ten a 9th team, and so on......................you can bet your bottom dollar they won't be playing play-in games, either.
Utter crap is what this is. Without a guarantee WRITTEN INTO THE RULES that no winner of an automatic bid shall have to play a play-in game, this is just College Basketball trying their best to be the new BCS System.
If you are a small coneference school (and there are many) you just got ROYALLY SCREWED by the NCAA.
The NCAA is systematically destroying one of the greatest events in all of college sports IMHO.
All four regions should have had a play in game when they created the 1st one.
Unless they write a GUARANTEE into the rules that NO winner of an AUTOMATIC bid will have to play in a play-in game, we all know EXACTLY what will happen, and that is that four small conferences now lose their automatic bids into the field of 64.
To HELL with this proposal without that guarantee, to HELL with it. We already have one BCS system.
Of course, I also liked the NFL when there were only 16 teams.
I totally disagree! This gives a small conference team a great chance to win a tournament game. The only teams that will be playing a play-in game are teams that would have been seeded 16. That means they would be playing #1. Now, they get a chance to play a 17th seed team (or play a 16th seed as a 17th seed). This should be a VERY winnable game for wither team. If they win this, they still get to play a #1.
The conferences from big media markets will start buying pieces of other conferences soon by making them offers they can’t refuse in dollar terms. Look for the small conferences to either be extinct or consist of small market, single sport reject teams soon.
I will say this: this decision to go to 68 is much better than the 80-90 teams they floated during and shortly after the tournament this year. Just think, what was Butler? A 5 seed if I’m not mistaken. I can’t imagine a team seeded so low making it to the championship game in the past. Essentially the NCAA is saying now that there is a possibility of a 17 seed making it there. Correct me if I’m wrong.
That presumes that you don’t count the first 4 games as part of the tournament.
I presume your fear is not that 4 automatic bids will have to play an extra game against 4 new teams, but that they will take the 8 small conference automatic bids and make them play against each other.
What the NCAA is saying is that four of the small school teams who got there via automatic bids don't even deserve a #16 seed, and should therefore be given a 50% of being eliminated before the field of 64 even begins.
I don't, and neither does anyone else, really (anyone pick those games in their brackets?! I don't). If it was truly part of the tournament, the play-in games would be played between the last teams to actually make it “in” (none of which would be automatic bids, obviously), and the play-in games would be for a #9 seed or something like that, as opposed to always being a #16 seed.
-—”I presume your fear is not that 4 automatic bids will have to play an extra game against 4 new teams, but that they will take the 8 small conference automatic bids and make them play against each other.”-—
It would be a fantasy equal to “President Ron Paul” to believe it will ever be - EVER EVER EVER - games played between anyone else but small-school, automatic bid winners.
This needs to be stopped NOW!!!!!
One of the funniest things I've seen on the NCAA tournament expansion is the Onion video on expanding to 4096 teams. I don't think even Onion likes are allowed, but search for onion NCAA tournament expansion and you'll get a laugh. I'm rooting for the Xenon International School for Hair Design.
Reminds me of the old non-PC joke about Jesse Jackson’s plan to eliminate unemployment if elected President back in the 80s.
Expand the NBA to ten thousand teams.....
I expect with 4 play in games, they might become both part of the brackets and part of the main tournament. Otherwise, you are correct that it will kill a chance at national exposure for some smaller conferences.
Actually, adding Dallas was a bad idea.