The NCAA Tournament Field Doesn't Need Expanding

The NCAA Tournament Field Doesn’t Need Expanding

With college basketball media days comes talk of the sport’s future and plenty of coaches politicking for their best interests.

A popular theme this year was around hypothetically expanding the NCAA Tournament. Both ACC commissioner Jim Phillips and SEC commissioner Greg Sankey pushed for it in the last couple of weeks, while new Missouri coach Dennis Gates went a step further and called for a doubling of the field. Women’s coaches like Arkansas’ Mike Neighbors also chimed in on the subject.

Let’s be clear, the push is purely out of self interest and not for the overall benefit of the sport. Conferences want as many of their teams in the postseason as possible to capitalize on the revenue generated, while coaches are trying to protect their jobs.


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