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To Add Or Not To Add
By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: February 3, 2010
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — While college football is debating whether the BCS should have a college football playoff system installed, university presidents and chancellors on the Division I board of directors are pondering expanding their NCAA men’s basketball tournament to 96 teams.
Why should the NCAA Tournament expand it’s current 65-team men’s basketball tournament to 96-teams, you ask? I’ll answer that simple question saracastically by asking you a question?
Can you name the last three teams who won the NIT (Not In the Tournament), I mean the National Invitational Tournament Basketball Championship? Actually, I can’t either.
Therefore, the NIT should be completely eliminated and the NCAA should invite those 32 teams play in their tournament. It’s a perfect solution; problem solved.
There is no more to debate.
Even Duke University’s head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski supports this idea, so it must be good thing. Right?
Besides, by increasing the tournament to 96 teams, the NCAA can eliminate those bubble teams, who should have made the tournament but didn’t due to biases, politics, failure to receive an automatic bid due to conference tournament loses, or simply because they were overlooked by the NCAA selection committee.
But let’s not be fooled by this debate, we all know it “boils down to money,” because if ” it don’t make dollars; it don’t make senses!!”
Because no matter what, the players still aren’t getting a dime from all of those games.
And for the record, the last three schools to win the NIT were West Virginia (2007), Ohio State (2008) and Penn State (2009). Don’t feel bad, I had to Google it myself.
And I’m supposed to be a sportswriter.