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NCAA to present bracket expansion details

Posted on: March 9, 2010 5:36 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2010 5:37 pm
The NCAA will discuss the details of possible NCAA Tournament expansion Wednesday with Big 12 administrators, has learned.

Greg Shaheen, NCAA senior vice president, will talk about expansion via video conference prior to the beginning of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday morning. Shaheen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NCAA Tournament. It is expected that Shaheen will address the issue with other conferences this week via video conference.

The NCAA has the option after the 2010 tournament to opt out early of its 11-year, $6 billion contract with CBS. An expanded 96-team tournament could be in place as soon as 2011. ESPN and CBS have been mentioned as bidders should the NCAA opt out of the contract.

Critics of expansion have questioned whether there is enough money to go around for 96 teams. Various reports have stated that a 96-team tournament would be folded into the same three-week window as the current tournament. If it is expanded, the tournament could begin with opening-round games on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the last conference tournaments end on Sunday.

Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said he is "open" to the idea of expansion after being originally "skeptical" but wanted to hear more. 
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Big 12, NCAA

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2010 4:06 pm

NCAA to present bracket expansion details

What is going to happen to the NIT?  It will pretty much be non-existant.  Dumb idea.  Earn your way in!  If you want to add more teams, then add 3 more teams.  That way you can add three more play-in games on Tuesday.  This allows 3 more bubble teams to get in.  I don't know why we need 96.  How many bubble teams have won it all?  None?  How many 16 seeds have taken down a 1 seed?  None!  We don't need 24 seeds embarrassing themselves on national television.
And another thing, don't get me wrong here.  I am a HUGE fan on the small and mid-major conferences.  But that is why they have conference tournaments.  If you don't win it, you're not guarenteed to be in it.  Besides, the expansion just allows more power conference teams to get in.  Bad idea. 
Maybe next season we could have the BCS determine who is in, since we are all about change all of a sudden!!! Laughing  Yeah I went there!!

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2010 7:00 pm

NCAA to present bracket expansion details

Nah, dumbest idea in sports was the XFL . ha ha!

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2010 1:00 pm

NCAA to present bracket expansion details

I am not one of the haters of expanding the tournament.  I understand that as is, the NCAA tournament is the best sporting event on the planet.  That doesn't mean expansion would ruin it.  I believe if done properly, could actually enhance the tournament, enhance viewer participation and give individual ball players an opportunity to showcase their skills.  One they would not get today. 

My biggest complaint is where the mid major conferences are all but eliminated just because they are a mid major.  Some of what is below was written from Lumbardincoke58.  I assume he is a mid major fan as he seems knowledgeable of their plight. 

"The way the selections are made right now, many Mid Major Regular Season Champs who don't win their tourney are bumped.  Then the dance is filled up with Power conference teams finishing 5th-6th-7th in their conference."

"Many Mid Majors don't get to pad their resumes.  Power conference teams won't play them unless it's at home requiring a mid major to fly hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles.  Advantage Major Conference Team padding the major conference teams resumes." 

Every year there is a mid major conference or two that are just plain good.  Because of the reputation, their wins are looked down on as cakewalks.  Then at the same time, when we should be putting four from this mid major into the dance, we end up putting a 500 team (5th, 6th or 7th place team) from a major conference that isn't near as good as the teams in the mid major conference.

The NIT is a dying horse…at least it is a tournament that doesn’t receive near the viewers.  We should simply add those 32 teams into the NCAA tournament.  This would result in only ONE more round of games and you're right down to 64 teams.  And then instead of the current number 1 playing a 16 seed who really is too far down the power scale to make the game partially competitive.  Some of the 16 seeds are a team that upset and eliminated a decent team from the conference.  After the Regular season champions are selected, you then re-rank the remaining teams, using any scale, say the RPI or Pomeroy rankings or whatever to have them play that initial round of games giving the regular season conference champions a first round by. 

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2010 9:41 pm

NCAA to present bracket expansion details

Leave it up to the NCAA to screw up the best sporting event there is. If they want to make all 4 #16 seeds do a "play in" game. Fine. But anything more will water it down to the point that the Little Sisters of the Poor will feel slighted if they don't get in.

They already let anybody that wants to be a D1 school be one. If they want to address a problem, address that. Everybody and their dog wants in so they can play in some conference that would have a rough time beating D3 schools and get some NCAA money.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2010 9:03 pm

NCAA to present bracket expansion details

this is the dumbest idea in the history of sports. Not only will noone pay any attention to the first 3 games of the tournament now but the bubble would burst the minute they implement this into action. No longer would conference tournament matter because 75% of teams will get in anyway. The NCAA may as well call themselves Congress because every idea they come up with is not fixing anything its making it worse or doing nothing, like in football where they need to do something but won't. This will not increase revenue either because who will go to a game pitting Kansas versus NESW hillbilly St. College for the mentally challenged that is the 96 or 128th seed? The NCAA needs to work on what is broke before they F#@& up what is the greatest 3 weeks in sports. plus how are we gonna print a bracket that looks like the holy grail after it prints? STUPID but typical of another great broken system...

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2010 8:22 pm

NCAA to present bracket expansion details

There's really no need to expand the tournament.  The only justification would be to allow for inclusion of some small-conference champions that don't win their conference tourney, but 1) this defeats the (questionable) concept of awarding the automatic bid to the conf tourney winners to begin with, and 2) is naive, as the people pushing this are really the mediocre teams from the large conferences, who continue to press for inclusion despite not getting the job done during the regular season.

A possible solution to the tournament crowding would be to exclude any team that finishes with below a .500 record in their conference.  This would open up plenty of space for the small and mid-major conferences.

The tournament is special precisely because everyone doesn't get to dance - don't mess up March Madness by watering it down!  The weak teams from large conferences can make their money by hosting games in the NIT...

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2010 8:18 pm

NCAA to present bracket expansion details

Classic case of seeing dollar signs and diluting the product.  If you want to expand and add more at large teams, make the small conference teams all compete in play-in games against each other.  They are an afterthought anyway.  The last place team in most large conferences could do as well as the winners of those throw-away conferences. 

Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2010 6:45 pm

NCAA to present bracket expansion details

I do wish that they would not expand the NCAA Tournament to a 96-team tournament.  I would rather watch the last four out play the last four in and from there we have an expansion.  I'm not sure if anyone has confidence in Greg Shaheen or the concept that its all about money.  I just hope and pray that they dont take the glory of March Madness  being "One and Done"

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