Should the NCAA Tournament field expand? | The Tylt
Should the NCAA Tournament field expand?
It's March and that means one thing: Madness is back. To celebrate our favorite time of the year, The Tylt has curated a series of March Madness debates for you to vote on.
The most exciting time in college basketball is upon us with teams fighting for league championships and NCAA Tournament position. Teams will rise to the occasion against all odds, while others crumble beneath the pressure of expectations. No matter what happens—legends are made in March.
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More teams, more madness, more revenue—seems like a really simple formula the NCAA can get behind. Adding more teams who deserve to be there can only make the tournament more fun. Here is ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lundari with more:
For argument's sake, let's say we expanded the field by four to 72 teams. The additional wild cards -- last season's could have been regular-season winners Illinois State, UT Arlington, Monmouth and Belmont -- would play the last four at-large selections in what would be true "Bracket Buster" contests, typically matching power conference schools against smaller conference schools in compelling fashion. Winners become the four No. 12 seeds in the main bracket.
More compelling games can only help the NCAA. The tournament field should be expanded again.
72, 96, 128—when will be madness end? Adding more teams seems like a great idea, but the tournament will lose its magic. Reaching the 68-team field of the NCAA Tournament is special. It means a school is one of the select few teams good enough to compete for a national championship. Adding more teams would only water down that exclusivity and make the competition less special. Here is Jamie Samuelsen from the Detroit Free Press with more:
But in the quest to expand, they’d be killing the very thing that makes the tournament so special in the first place: how hard it is to get in... If you allow 128 teams, pretty much everyone gets in. The bubble will consist of a bunch of 15-14 teams who have one quality win and finished 8th in their conference. The joy of getting in, the uniqueness of getting in, would be gone. Do you want to be invited to the most elite party in town or do you want to have an invitation taped to every mailbox in your neighborhood?
The NCAA Tournament is a unique tournament. Don't ruin it by making it easier to get in.