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26 June 2006

Madness spilling into April

Fixing things that ain't broke is generally not a good idea:

In its present state, the NCAA basketball tournament approaches perfection. Not too many teams, not too few, unknowns upsetting the enormous schools — wall-to-wall hoops for 3 weeks in March. And then you have the astounding run of George Mason.

Now, the coaches want to nearly double the size of the 65-team field. They will ask the NCAA to expand the field at meetings in Orlando, Fla., this week.

"They'd love to see the tournament double to 128," said Jim Haney, executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. "It's based on several things. First, there are a lot of good teams worthy of making the NCAA field, and second, the size of 64 or 65 has been in place for a number of years."

Two immediate questions:

  • Would the women's tournament be similarly expanded?

  • Who's going to pay for all that oversized paper to print off 128-team brackets?

The cynic in me sees this as an attempt at increasing job security for coaches: you make the NCAA, you're probably not going to be fired.

(Via Deadspin.)

Posted at 8:42 AM to Net Proceeds

This was my vote for 'absurd item of the day'. Why not just scuttle the entire season, throw all the teams in one big bracket, and have a one and done? Better yet, as Jim Rome suggested, why not leave a good thing well enough alone and focus on creating a post-season NCAA football bracket style playoff? Now THAT would make at least some sense.

128 teams. Holy Crap*.

*My pick for the name of the school that draws the lucky 94 seed next year.

Posted by: Jennifer at 6:12 PM on 26 June 2006

Expand the NCAA basketball playoffs?
What -- do they want them running as long as the NBA playoffs!?

Posted by: McGehee at 9:20 PM on 26 June 2006