KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The NCAA laid out what a 96-team bracket would look like to Big 12 administrators on Wednesday.
--The first, second (and third) round would extend from Tuesday through Sunday. That means first, second and third-round games would be Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in some sites. Other sites would have Wednesday, Friday, Sunday games.
It's kind of the same as we have now with first and second round games Thursday and Saturday and Friday and Sunday.
--The 32 teams in the top half of the bracket would have to win six games to win the national championship. The bottom 64 would have to win seven.
--Concern about missed class time is negligible. We're basically talking about the 32 games from the NIT. Those games are far flung and on different days. With 96 teams, we'd still end up with a Sweet 16 after the first week.
--There was no mention of revenue distribution. That's a key point. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, among other, are on record as saying schools will have to make more than they do per "unit" in the current setup. To prevent "the $100,000 free throw", the NCAA long ago went to paying schools equal-share "units" for every game they win in the tournament.
--Depending on who you talk to, this is a) a done deal and will start next season; b) could be folded in over a period of years or c) will come in three years after the current CBS contract expires.