Time to Expand the NCAA Tournament Bracket

Kyle Banks@@kylebanksContributor IIMarch 10, 2009

Every March there are several college basketball teams "on the bubble" for making the NCAA Tournament that we all call The Big Dance. There is always talk every year about which teams got hosed and didn't receive an at-large bid, leading many to think the bracket needs to be expanded to include more teams.

That might not be such a bad idea—a small tweak in the brackets could make March Madness even more entertaining.

The NCAA Tournament opening round game, better known as the "play-in game" is played on the Tuesday before the first weekend of the tournament. The winner of that game advances on to play the No. 1 overall seed.

How about all four No. 16 seeds be on the line in the opening round? The tourney field would be increased by three teams, bringing the overall number to 68 teams. This would end the current format of two teams playing for the last bid into the tournament.

The opening round would consist of eight teams vying for the No. 16 seeds in the Big Dance. This isn't a major tweak to the brackets and would add a little sizzle to the bland "play-in game" in Dayton. The NCAA Selection Committee should take heed to my suggestion in the future.

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