Would 96 Teams Work? Only One Way to Find Out

Almost every sports fan I know gets excited when they flip their calender from Feburary to March and realizes that March Madness is just a few weeks away. Even though this year’s tournament isn’t even over yet, the NCAA has already started talking about the future. Nothing is set in stone, but the NCAA is looking to expand the tournament from its current 65 team field to one that included 96 teams.

I’m not quite sure what to think about this. In one way, I think that 65 teams is quite enough for this tournament. I think that it allows for some of the best basketball games to be played because you’ve got some of the best teams in the nation playing some teams who aren’t quite as good but at least put up a fight. So what would happen if the other teams were included? Would it even be fair to let some of these teams into the tournament when they might not have a very good shot? I just don’t know.

On the other hand, the expansion would be good. In the proposed format, the NCAA tournament would absorb the 32-team NIT, and that could result in some good competition for NCAA teams. Plus, inviting more teams to the Big Dance would give several more student athletes a chance for fame and the opportunity to live a dream.

I can’t seem to make up my mind about whether this would be a good thing or bad thing for the NCAA but I guess their is only one way to find out — try it. As long as the excitement of the March Madness continues, I guess it couldn’t hurt.

NCAA: 96-team field is the best fit [ESPN]

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  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    There’s no sense in fighting it because the expansion will happen but it doesn’t mean I can’t point out issues I have with 96 teams. So much more will become devalued — the significance of making the tournament, the significance of conference tournaments, the significance of the regular season.

    The other thing that bugs me is that crappy teams that finished well below .500 in conference play will make it in. It’s not that I feel they’ll make a run for the title, it’s more that I don’t think they should have the opportunity to end someone’s season. Georgia Tech beat North Carolina three times in the regular season and the Heels were 5-11 in the ACC. Why should UNC be in the same tourney as Tech at the end of the year?

  • SpinMax

    expand? it should contract. to 64

  • Kevin/Indianapolis

    It will simply add 32 more teams to the tournament, none of them having a chance to win.