Sunday, March 6, 2011

68 Team Tournament Already Seems Like a Bad Idea

We have yet to see what the first 68-team NCAA Tournament will look like, but I'm already hating it.

First off, do you need to have your bracket filled out by Tuesday morning? Or are we throwing out those "play in games"?

Second off, look at these extra teams that are getting in. Needless to say, I'm unimpressed.

In Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology, he has as his "last four in" as Colorado, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Michigan State. Really, none of those teams have done anything to wow you into believing they could scare anyone in the tournament. And remember that those teams are on pins and needles ... and if they fall out of favor, teams like Alabama, Georgia, USC and Missouri State are next in line. Again, unimpressive.

All of this makes me think THANK GOD THEY DIDN'T EXPAND TO 96 TEAMS!! Imagine if we had to fine 18 more teams to put into this tournament. Then we could look forward to adding teams like East Tennessee State, Duquesne, Hofstra, James Madison, Valparasio, New Mexico, Miami-FL and California. It would be insanely watered down.

I know we live in this crazy time where "everyone needs to be involved" and we hand out ribbons and trophies just for competing. We're not 5 years old anymore and you can tell these kids that they aren't good enough to be in the tournament ... so they aren't. I'm not saying to go back to the good ol' days and making only the champion of the conference as the lone representative in the tournament, but there is an opportunity for those bubble teams to show their worth. Early losses doesn't show me that you necessarily belong in the tournament.

It's stupid.

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