View Full Version : Expansion to 68 Formally Approved

04-29-2010, 05:22 PM

INDIANAPOLIS -- The road to the Final Four will have a new look next season.

On Thursday, the NCAA's board of directors approved expansion from 65 to 68 teams and endorsed a proposal to add three more opening-round games to the schedule. The board also approved new rules governing concussions and may sanction schools that do not comply.

Greg Shaheen, Senior VP of Basketball and Business Strategies for the NCAA, talks about the decision to expand to 68 teams for the NCAA Tournament. What will it mean logistically?

It's only the second time in a quarter-century the NCAA has increased the number of teams competing for the men's national championship.

Now it's time to start mapping out the details, which could include putting at-large teams in the early games.

"The [men's basketball] committee will have to study any variety of options and certainly the notion of looking at options involving the last at-large teams in would be one possible option," NCAA vice president Greg Shaheen told The Associated Press. "We would expect the committee to examine all of the options."

04-29-2010, 06:08 PM

In a world without office pools I would want the last 8 at-large teams to play their way in. However, in this world that includes office pools, I want the lowest seeded 8 teams to play and earn the right to lose to the 1 seeds.

04-29-2010, 06:43 PM
While the chances are still extremely low, this gives a 16 seed a better shot at taking out a 1 seed. Hey, 15 seeds have beaten 2s before and now some of these teams that normally would have been a 15 are going to be 16 now. Robert Morris last season probably would have been a 16 under the new format. They nearly beat Nova. Still, not very likely, but there is a slight increase in chance.