Simple Solution To NCAA March Madness

Matt StangContributor IMarch 17, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 23:  Arron Afflalo #4 of the UCLA Bruins consoles Adam Morrison #3 of the the Gonzaga Bulldogs after losing in the third round game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Arena in Oakland on March 23, 2006 in Oakland, California.  The Bruins defeated the Bulldogs 73-71.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Legitimate 'snubs' this year included Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, and Illinois. The first two can learn to play someone in their non-conference schedule. Illinois can learn to actually win more games in a mediocre at best conference. However, that is not the issue at hand. What to do with the NCAA tournament is a hot topic for debate, and the answer is so simple...

Every year there are about three legitimate teams that get 'snubbed' from march madness and must go to the lowly NIT. No one cares that Ole Miss was the sixth or seventh team from getting in. Why?  Because they did not deserve to get in.

Many people propose an enlargement to 96 teams or even the ridiculous 128 (Woody Paige wood say in the 300's somewhere). No one wants scrubby teams getting into the tourney that don't deserve it. They ruin the prestige and importance. Furthermore, the NIT would never go for such an idea.

The real answer to the question is to create 4 play-in-games. All four winners get to face the number on seeds. This creates four more at large teams and the typical 3 teams that claim to get snubbed every year will be included. It keeps the already fantastic tournament in place, allows better competition, and less teams to be crying at home.

Simple and easy. No one cares when Duke will beat Arkansas Pine Bluff by thirty in the first round. But for Mississippi State not to get in when they have almost beat the second best team in the tournament twice during the past 3 weeks? That means 3 more at large bids would perfectly solve our march madness problem.