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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:20 pm

This document has been making its way around the web the past day or two:

http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/DI_Champs_Sports_Mgmt_Cab/2010/February%202010/Supp_5_Cover_Sheet_Bylaw%2017%20and%2031%20Review.pdf

It's a set of proposals the NCAA cabinet is considering to reduce costs. The big item is on page 3, under Revenue Generation:

Consider bracket expansion for men's basketball (to generate more money).

There have been rumors going around for a few years now about expanding to 96 teams. It would seem the NCAA might be doing that as soon as 2011...

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by DaTruRochin on Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:49 pm

Good news for us! but adding another round of games... Uhhhh isn't that what the whole season and conference tourneys are for?

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Post by RiseUP on Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:00 pm

I agree. We don't want to make it like the NBA playoffs where half the league makes it and it takes way too long before the games are actually meaningful.

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:02 pm

I'm not a fan. It takes away from the prestige of making the NCAA Tournament...

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Post by RiseUP on Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:06 pm

Also, the first day wouldn't be as much fun because there wouldn't be as many Cinderella teams knocking off well-known schools. It will be only little schools playing other little schools (or very mediocre big schools that will sell tickets).

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by Geezaldinho on Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:46 pm

I think they are trying to eliminate the NIT. By calling it the NCAA tournament, they can cash in on the march madness Caché.

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by up7587 on Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:11 pm

So, 32 play-in games ilo 1?

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Post by mattywizz on Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:14 pm

ugh

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Post by PilotNut on Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:17 pm

I vote "nay".

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by DaTruRochin on Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:18 pm

Pretty much... It will open up a whole new bizarre wrinkle to selection Sunday as well.... Kind of like trying to brew 2 pots of tea with the same bags, might get some of the same color, but the taste is nothing but watered down...

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:04 pm

ShipstadPilot11 wrote:I'm not a fan. It takes away from the prestige of making the NCAA Tournament...
Me neither. Really, it's hard to make it into the Dance as it is now. Sure, more mid-majors will get in, but they'll also use the extra spots for more middling power conference teams as well.

One theory is that now that the NCAA owns the NIT they will have the NCAAs with 96 and the NIT with 32.

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by pilotram on Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:07 pm

Let me guess, all about the $$$? Hey, let's add some more bowl games too so a 5-7 team can get in!

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by MesaPilot1 on Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:38 am

I prefer a change, maybe fewer teams. Unfortunely, the Pilots probably would have too weak of record with it's won-loss record to qualify unless it only lost about 3 or 4 games a year. The competion was better, there weren't 4 teams from the A-10 gonna make the field, NOW THAT'S A BIGGER JOKE THAN 6 FROM THE BIG TEN. Those were great tourneys before they started letting every 6th place Big ten,ACC, Sec,Pac Ten team in the field .Larry Byrd,Magic Johnson,Danny Ainge, etc players who later had the talent to star in the NBA were involved in some of the plot lines of eary March Madness tourneys. Not mediocre players ala Christian Laetner, or Miserable Morrison(you knew I had to work him in, "Hey Adam, how's that pro career working out for you, got any pine in your behind") who later gained entry into CBS sports March Maddness tourney. Although I do enjoy the Bulldogs in the tourney in the last decade, because the majority of the years they get pounded silly Razz in the first or second round,lol.

Maybe UP7587, or Geez or someone who's got a kid over 12 yrs old can explain to some of these young and wet behind the ears guys the history of the NIT vrs NCAA tourney. I don't have the time nor the patience , I just know that I have had Major College Basketball games season tickets since 1974. Before some of these experts were born, (tongue in cheek) Razz .In case anybody wants the debate , take it up with Geez or somebodywho's a history buff and will straighten you out. Knocking(Shame on you, Shame , Shame, Shame, Shame on you) the long , and what was once the storied tournament for DECADES,DECADES in College Basketball shows an GIANT IGNORANCE TO THE HISTORY OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL. affraid Suspect No


If only some of you guys were old enough to watch the 64 team tourney at its inception....Oh well, I never got to have an X-box or cell phone (remember party lines geez, and they werent 976 numbers either guys,lol ) growing up so I guess I really missed out too,yeah right.

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by MesaPilot1 on Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:53 am

MesaPilot1 wrote:I prefer a change, maybe fewer teams. Unfortunely, the Pilots probably would have too weak of record with it's won-loss record to qualify unless it only lost about 3 or 4 games a year. The competion was better, there weren't 4 teams from the A-10 gonna make the field, NOW THAT'S A BIGGER JOKE THAN 6 FROM THE BIG TEN. Those were great tourneys before they started letting every 6th place Big ten,ACC, Sec,Pac Ten team in the field .Larry Byrd,Magic Johnson,Danny Ainge, etc players who later had the talent to star in the NBA were involved in some of the plot lines of eary March Madness tourneys. Not mediocre players ala Christian Laetner, or Miserable Morrison(you knew I had to work him in, "Hey Adam, how's that pro career working out for you, got any pine in your behind") who later gained entry into CBS sports March Maddness tourney. Although I do enjoy the Bulldogs in the tourney in the last decade, because the majority of the years they get pounded silly Razz in the first or second round,lol.

Maybe UP7587, or Geez or someone who's got a kid over 12 yrs old can explain to some of these young and wet behind the ears guys the history of the NIT vrs NCAA tourney. I don't have the time nor the patience , I just know that I have had Major College Basketball games season tickets since 1974. Before some of these experts were born, (tongue in cheek) Razz .In case anybody wants the debate , take it up with Geez or somebodywho's a history buff and will straighten you out. Knocking(Shame on you, Shame , Shame, Shame, Shame on you) the long , and what was once the storied tournament for DECADES,DECADES in College Basketball shows an GIANT IGNORANCE TO THE HISTORY OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL. affraid Suspect No


If only some of you guys were old enough to watch the 64 team tourney at its inception....Oh well, I never got to have an X-box or cell phone (remember party lines geez, and they werent 976 numbers either guys,lol ) growing up so I guess I really missed out too,yeah right.

BACK TO MY SELF IMPOSED EXILE............shut up, Mesa, er shhut up.....oh well OK Rolling Eyes silent

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by DaTruRochin on Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:16 am

No Mesa, I very much understand what you're talking about. But history can be re-written with green backs (even if they aren't really fully green anymore) as far as the NCAA is concerned...

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Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:24 am

MesaPilot1 wrote:

Maybe UP7587, or Geez or someone who's got a kid over 12 yrs old can explain to some of these young and wet behind the ears guys the history of the NIT vrs NCAA tourney. I don't have the time nor the patience , I just know that I have had Major College Basketball games season tickets since 1974. Before some of these experts were born, (tongue in cheek) Razz .In case anybody wants the debate , take it up with Geez or somebodywho's a history buff and will straighten you out. Knocking(Shame on you, Shame , Shame, Shame, Shame on you) the long , and what was once the storied tournament for DECADES,DECADES in College Basketball shows an GIANT IGNORANCE TO THE HISTORY OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL. affraid Suspect No


If only some of you guys were old enough to watch the 64 team tourney at its inception....Oh well, I never got to have an X-box or cell phone (remember party lines geez, and they werent 976 numbers either guys,lol ) growing up so I guess I really missed out too,yeah right.

When I was a Kid the NIT's was the tournament. it had all the Caché of playing in Madison Square garden to sold out crowds. You got there by invitation only. It didn't depend on you winning the Atlantic Podunk conference championship. The NCAA's was the second class event.


And I lived in the country once, Our ring was two shorts and a long. Didn't need cell phone's, though. The operator always seemed to know where you were and would ring the house where you were visiting.

The closest the mailman would come to our house was a crossroads 1/2 mile away. I had to battle a mean Saint Bernard named Susie to open the mailbox and roll up the car window before she took a chunk out of my arm.


And

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by Rochin54 on Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:11 pm

Sleep

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Post by Rochin54 on Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:12 pm

When i was little, I had to blow on my video games to make them work.

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:26 pm

Rochin54 wrote:When i was little, I had to blow on my video games to make them work.
Shocked Me too!

Didn't Al McGuire turn down Marquette's NCAA bid in favor of playing the NIT once? (BTW I think Marquette has some really cool jerseys with their chekered trim and the patch that says AL at the neck.)

My dad will tell you there used to be time when there was one way into the NCAAs--win you conference's automatic berth. In John Feinstein's book on the ACC he recounts some very intense ACC championships where everyone knew only the winner was going to the NCAAs and the loser was out. These days the top teams in the big conferences know they're getting in regardless of what happens in the conference tournament.

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Post by mattywizz on Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:54 pm

I remember growing up there were only 64 teams in the NCAA tourney.

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Post by goldhelmet on Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:29 pm

I really hope this does not come to pass...They've got one of the best things going in all of sports. The first four days of the NCAA tournament - especially the first two days - are possibly the best weekend in all of sports. It's about as
"pure" as your going to get. They've got it just right with 64 (I mean 65 - I really wish they would do away with the play-in game).

Don't mess with a good thing. Leave it alone. But they probably won't because they see $$$$.

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Post by Purple_Portland_Pilot_113 on Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:47 pm

I'm an old timer. The tournament should go back to the top 32 teams. Now, the way the tournament is set up now, a team that went like 5-22 could win their conference tournament, get a automatic bid to the NCAA, and win the tournament being a like 10-22 team. If you put 96 teams in, the NIT would be gone. If we went back to 32 teams, the NIT would be PHENOMENAL! Imagine. All those bubble teams. Illinois, Cincinnati, Connecticut, California, Florida, Dayton. If your going to expand to 96 teams, just put everyone in. It's ridiculous! But, the only people that gain..are the coaches. "I can't be fired, I made it to the tournament didn't I?"

NCAA: 32 Teams.

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Post by MaizeBluePurple on Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:40 am

Well, even if it was 32 teams you could still have a 5-22 team make it and win the tournament. back when it was smaller the only way to get in was win your conference. And if a 5-22 team wins their conference tournament they would still make it in with 32 teams.

I am with goldhelment, and many others. Leave it at 64ish.

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Post by Purple_Portland_Pilot_113 on Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:55 am

Oh NewUPFan I meant to say if you went back to 32, you would get rid of the automatic bid from the conference tournament. Sorry for the confusion. Just the top 32 teams in the Naiton. Ranks 1-32, that's all. So once again, the NIT would improve.

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Re: NCAA expanding to 96 teams?

Post by DaTruRochin on Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:10 am

Yeah, but you do the top 32 ranks you get a huge BCS style snafu about that poor 33rd ranked team. And on top of that if you go just by ranking it pretty much eliminates the need for conferences at all, and the conferences are just too big and powerful to every allow that to happen.

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