72 teams?

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  1. ArtVandelay

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    There's a lot of ways to look at this but honestly, having more games in the NCAA Tournament appeals to the true fan in me haha
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    I'm not opposed, but I hope this is the max.
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    I was trying to find a negative but I'm with you. More March Madness please
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    Any more would be getting a little too watered down, so I definitely agree with you
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    Totally. Like I know to a lot of people there is an element of purity and what's traditional and they don't want to water it down and make it so that more mediocre teams get in but hey, 4 more games would be awesome for the fans. The play in games never get the attention they deserve but they are usually incredible games because they are evenly matched teams playing desperation basketball.
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    As much I love MM, this is diluting the regular season.
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    Eliminates controversy and most deserving teams would then be in the tourney. NIT becomes irrelevant
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    Now team 73 will scream for their bid. Nothing changes other than a few more power 5 teams making money for their leagues and coaches saving their jobs.
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    The more the merrier.
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    The play in games are intriguing. And typically one of the winners does advance.
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    "Becomes?"
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    I'm on the conservative side on this one. Don't dilute the brand. I'm looking at the big picture. This proposal is just a baby step toward more expansion, that's why I'm against adding any more. They went from 64 to 68. Now it's 68 to 72. Next it will be 72 to __, and so on. It's just a way to add more power conference teams, it's not like they'd be adding any Cinderella teams. These power conferences want to milk as much money out of this tournament as possible. The last thing on their minds is the quality of the tournament. Think Oreo cares about their quality anymore when they're making pina colada and kettle corn oreos? These high-up people are in the business of making money, think they're making proposals because adding more teams is fun?
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    Personally I feel that any team having a record above 50% through conference tournaments should be included in the playoffs. I will never forget when it was limited to a mere 16 teams just how many terrific teams were excluded from any chance of competing for the Title and gaining prestige from going through the first round.

    Admittedly, this has considerably weakened the NIT, which in the days of 16 teams was almost as good to win as the NCAA, but even today, that's still a success because by the final rounds, you're not competing against Cheesepuffs in your games (should I have said Creampuffs?).
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    I know there is absolutely no way this would actually happen, but it would be so much fun if they expanded it from 68 to 72 but made it so that those 4 spots went exclusively to mid and low majors. As you mentioned, if they just added 4 teams it would almost always go to power conference teams.
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    I could get behind them adding 4 mid-low majors if they promise to stop adding more teams after that. I think it's ridiculous that teams like Vermont (who won 27 games and nearly beat Kentucky in Rupp) lose out on the tournament just because they lost in their tournament final (to a red hot UMBC team who then beat #1 Virginia). If you're regular season champs in your conference, you should be an automatic bid in the tournament.
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    I honestly don't care what they do any more. The tournament starts at 64, to me. The play-in games are no more or less interesting than the conference tournament championship games of 1-bid conferences. But I'm never going to fill out a bracket with more than 64 teams. Only change I'd make is to make all the play-in games only the at-large teams. Nothing worse than seeing a conference tournament champ celebrate making the tournament only to get relegated to a play-in game.

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    That's up to each conference. It would also defeat the purpose of the conference tournament. What would UMBC have been playing for in the conference tournament if there was no auto-bid at the end of it? Or are you saying invite regular season champ AND tournament champ...that's for when we expand to 128, I guess.

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    It doesn't defeat the purpose of the conference tournament, you'd still have the champ of the tournament getting the invite. It just rewards the team who was regular season champs of each conference. UMBC wasn't the regular season champs of their conference, Albany was. And it wouldn't take that many extra spots to do this as most regular season conference champs get in the tournament anyway. The committee would never do this though, they're thinking about the big schools who missed out like USC.
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    Don't add any and cut out the play-in games.
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