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Thoughts on College Basketball Expansion to 68

Posted on: April 23, 2010 5:35 pm
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Hello, college basketball fans!

Big news in the college basketball world as the NCAA's will be going to 68. While I want it to go back to 64, 68 is a lot better than 96. Some talk is that the NCAA purposedly pushed 96 to make 68 look like a great thing and we all know it was a ploy to get a new TV contract (which they did).

Speaking of the new TV contract, of course the NCAA Final Four is headed to cable ... but in 2016. And after that, it will still be on CBS every other year up to 2023. I still think the Final Four deserves to be on free TV annually and the ratings justify it but this is a lot better than college football (and of course this actually is a playoff is also a great thing).  And at least ESPN didn't get it. I do realize cable TV has much more money to throw around (subscriber fees) but exposure is important too. Even if 90% of America has cable, how many of you would voluntarily cut off 10% of your audience? In the short term, you get more money but in the long run you hurt yourself. The NBA had a lot more playoff games on NBC before they moved most if not all of the conference finals games as well as the rest of the playoffs and the All Star game to cable. Ratings have plummetted. Of course, a lot of it is there is no Michael Jordan but still a lot less exposure. Same with baseball when only one LCS is now on free TV. What league by far is the most popular now? The league that has 95% of games on free TV in local markets and all of their playoff games. And the few cable games are shown locally on local stations. MLB doesn't even do that for playoff games. If you wanted to see my Phillies in the LCS last year, you had to get cable. The NFL actually cares about its fans and about the future instead of the present. They're also the only league where a large majority of games, including the Super Bowl, start before 7pm. Baseball went to all night games for the World Series and basketball to all night games for the NBA Finals, including on the weekends and Sundays. The NFL plays its Super Bowl around 6pm or 6:30pm. Would MLB or the NBA start a game that early on Sunday or Saturday? No. Most kids today may have never seen the end of a World Series or NBA Finals game. But they have seen the end of a Super Bowl. Guess which league these kids will watch 20 years from now.

As for the future play in round, I hope the NCAA finally comes to its senses and gives us the play in games that are fair and the play in games we want. Let's make the teams that actually "earned" their way in the field have to play an extra game to make the 64 while teams that barely get in get to the "main field". The last teams in the field should be happy they have a chance to make the field. Why take away a Winthrop's chance to play a Duke or a Kentucky and play in an arena with seven other teams and make them play in Dayton in front of few fans? Tell me this year you wouldn't have rather seen UTEP vs Illinois play for a 12 seed than Pine Bluff and Winthrop play for a 16? That being said, at least I am assuming they will play all four play in games in the same city and likely the same day so maybe the 8 teams will at least share an arena together before four of them go home. But if the NCAA wants to make more money and if CBS/Turner were smart, they would give us the play in games we all want, four play in games among at large games with the winners advancing as 12 seeds. Who knows, maybe one of these winners beats the 5 seed or even get to the Sweet 16. We know no 16 seed will ever win over a 1 in this format.

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Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2010 9:10 pm
 

Thoughts on College Basketball Expansion to 68

Okay, so I know all about the "more basketball" argument and the "more money" and "more this" "more that" but isn't quality supposed to outweigh quality? If we have 96 teams in our tournament, all the sudden we're like College Football. Mediocre teams will be playing postseason games. (Welcome to the Polish Weedeater Bowl.) A 64 team bracket has just enough teams, and is the perfect ending to a perfect basketball season. So I ask all the people on the NCAA board who's ego's aren't bigger than Rosie O'Donnell's but, please look for the better of the game, and don't expand it.




Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2010 9:08 pm
 

Thoughts on College Basketball Expansion to 68

Okay, so I know all about the "more basketball" argument and the "more money" and "more this" "more that" but isn't quality supposed to outweigh quality? If we have 96 teams in our tournament, all the sudden we're like College Football. Mediocre teams will be playing postseason games. (Welcome to the Polish Weedeater Bowl.) A 64 team bracket has just enough teams, and is the perfect ending to a perfect basketball season. So I ask all the people on the NCAA board who's ego's aren't bigger than Rosie O'Donnell's butter, please look for the better of the game, and don't expand it.




Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2010 8:22 am
 

Thoughts on College Basketball Expansion to 68

So much for the NIT farewell tour!!!!!  68 plus 32 = 100 post season spots. Oh I forgot that other tourney whos name escapes me for 101-132.  Now 132 coaches can say they made the tournament, not having to say which tournament.  You are absolutely right that 96 would have cheapened the tourney and the expert backatologists would have started on DEC 1st with predictions. Can Wright State beat Wrong State, do you think Eastwestsouth will get in this year, etc,etc,etc??  I still feel No 1 seeds deserve to play the weakest teams because they earn that right. So now the question will be, can a No 17 seed defeat a No 1? It's one thing when a 40% winning team gets lucky in their tourney and get's in, but an under .500 to be picked as an atlarge selection is a different kettle of fish.  Finally , I think that the NCAA and it's "CORPORATE SPONSERS" have listened to the public.  We really get pissed off when we go to a bar and get waterdowned drinks don't we??   



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2010 7:58 am
 

Thoughts on College Basketball Expansion to 68

I must say that I am relieved they did not go to 96 teams which it seemed like they were going to do.  That would have crushed the tourny.  You can't have a tourny and claim all the best teams are there when EVERY team is there, so stupid and we know they were just doing it for the money which is even more pathetic.  It was perfect, no need to fix a great thing.  Adding 4 more teams, while I don't think its that big of a deal to add a few more play in games but as you said they have to make sure that these are the last teams into the tourny NOT the smaller teams that have won their confrence and earned the right to be in. 

Yes I agree that watching UTEP play Illinois would have been much more entertaining and who knows the way UTEP played they might have lost that game and not made the tourny at all.  So I don't ever want to see them go to 96 teams, I can deal with this as long as they make the final bubble teams play each other to earn the right to get in and not robbing a smaller school of the chance for some national exposure by gettign to play a national power house like kentucky, even if they get destroyed. 

Look at Rober Morris this year against Nova, the rep and exposure that team got just from that one game alone is enough to set their program up for some decent recruites down the road, not saying they are gonna be a national power or anything but in their small confrence the NEC its a big deal.  So good for the NCAA for not gettign too greedy but I assume its just a matter of time before we get there.



Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2010 9:45 pm
 

Thoughts on College Basketball Expansion to 68

i think 96 is to many.

but ,you can make a case for adding more teams. have a side tournament  running with 32 teams starts on monday & tuesday before
the final four begins.  winners fill in the 16th slots . now ,you have a larger sample . the 16th postion will no longer be a gurantee lost.

mr tads


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