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College basketball coaches split on NCAA tournament expansion


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Lots of conversation from different coaches on this topic.  Everything from adding only a few more teams, all the way up to 96 teams.   Also, the Portal topic comes up as a way for teams to stay strong each year by reloading....

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/37935243/college-basketball-coaches-split-ncaa-tournament-expansion

 

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37 minutes ago, El Paso Eagle said:

No need to expand as they would most likely add more "Power" conference teams. How about you make a rule saying that unless you win your conference tournament, if you finish under .500 in the conference, there is no NCAA tournament. Seem like yearly, quite a few spots are taken by Power Conference bottom dwellers who lose in the first round.

I think CUSA and the MWC scored huge look-at-us points this year making both the Final Four and NIT finals. 

We showed there is quality basketball outside the usual Power conference schools.

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15 hours ago, El Paso Eagle said:

No need to expand as they would most likely add more "Power" conference teams. How about you make a rule saying that unless you win your conference tournament, if you finish under .500 in the conference, there is no NCAA tournament. Seem like yearly, quite a few spots are taken by Power Conference bottom dwellers who lose in the first round.

I 100% agree with you on this. I don’t see how it happens, though. It’s too much money that the big boys would lose out on. 

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14 hours ago, NT80 said:

I think CUSA and the MWC scored huge look-at-us points this year making both the Final Four and NIT finals. 

We showed there is quality basketball outside the usual Power conference schools.

It's shown every March that there's quality basketball outside the usual power conferences. The problem is, it's viewed as a fluke Cinderella run if they can't immediately replicate their success the following year. If they do have frequent success like Gonzaga or Houston, they're no longer viewed as a "regular" mid-major and the fact good basketball is played outside the usual power conferences gets dismissed for that reason. Mid-major conferences don't get the benefit of a strong tournament run like high-major conferences do so it's almost impossible to earn the committee's trust.

Not trying to ramble too much but in European soccer leagues and world soccer tournaments they use a league or continental conference's recent tournament success to determine how many spots they get in the next tournament. After that, it doesn't matter how your league performs in season. You have to show up come tournament time. This may be one of the few ways the NCAA can enhance the tournament selection process.

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