Field of 128? Coaches want NCAA tourney to grow

Joe T Choker
06-25-2006, 05:11 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=2500025

gobolt7
06-25-2006, 05:24 PM
I would definitly support a move like that. It would add to the time needed to complete the tourney, but the Thursday/Friday the first weekend of the tourney are awesome. Imagine having a whole month of that?

IkeaMonkey*
06-25-2006, 05:42 PM
Why stop there? Just let every team that can field a college level team into the tourney! D-1 - D-3 - JuCo! OH MAN THE EXCITEMENT!

SpeakerForTheDead
06-25-2006, 05:52 PM
They should let Canadian teams in too!

GKJ
06-25-2006, 06:13 PM
We should get a team up and do it.



Seriously, if your team can't make a 128-team field they should just stop trying

Nifty=HHOF
06-25-2006, 08:01 PM
It's all about the $$$$$. That's an extra round of games to sell tickets to, for television to air (and sell ad rights to) and more local exposure as smaller andl lesser known schools get in.

Teemu
06-25-2006, 08:13 PM
Forget that, let's add high school teams too!

Pavel
06-25-2006, 09:23 PM
And yet if they did expand the field they'd still find a way to further bastardize it and have a play-in game for the 128th spot.

joe_shannon_1983*
06-25-2006, 09:53 PM
Isn't 128 teams a little overkill?

Letting that many teams play in the tournament kind of cheapens the tournament in my opinion. It would be the same as letting every NHL team to qualify for the NHL playoffs.

Besides, the 64th seed usually gets pounded by the 1st seed. Imagine how badly the 128th seed would get pounded by the 1st seed!

IkeaMonkey*
06-25-2006, 09:55 PM
We should get a team up and do it.



Seriously, if your team can't make a 128-team field they should just stop trying


64 teams is pathetic enough.

IkeaMonkey*
06-25-2006, 09:56 PM
Isn't 128 teams a little overkill?

Letting that many teams play in the tournament kind of cheapens the tournament in my opinion. It would be the same as letting every NHL team to qualify for the NHL playoffs.

Besides, the 64th seed usually gets pounded by the 1st seed. Imagine how badly the 128th seed would get pounded by the 1st seed!


WHAT?! Are you saying Anchorage Valley State Universty of Juneau School of Igloo Building couldn't compete with Duke?!

Bourque7799
06-27-2006, 01:03 PM
Isn't 128 teams a little overkill?

Letting that many teams play in the tournament kind of cheapens the tournament in my opinion. It would be the same as letting every NHL team to qualify for the NHL playoffs.

Besides, the 64th seed usually gets pounded by the 1st seed. Imagine how badly the 128th seed would get pounded by the 1st seed!


Great point...even smaller schools who got in just because it got expanded would have to play power house teams...and absolutely get killed..that'd be embarassing.

gobolt7
06-27-2006, 01:09 PM
Short of the superbowl this tournament is one of the biggest money makers there is in sports. I dont blame them if they are looking for a way to make it more lucrative. As for cheapening the tourney, you cant take away from the fact that it would still be a single elimination tourney, and thats what makes it as exciting as it is, regardless of how many teams there are.

GKJ
06-27-2006, 01:16 PM
it would eliminate bracketology...and probably the NIT as well

gobolt7
06-27-2006, 05:57 PM
it would eliminate bracketology...and probably the NIT as well

Ok, NOW we have a problem. ;)

Afino
06-27-2006, 06:07 PM
Why stop there? Just let every team that can field a college level team into the tourney! D-1 - D-3 - JuCo! OH MAN THE EXCITEMENT!

MY school (Division III) had the ONLY undefeated team in the country two years ago.

PS, happy 2000 posts Bolt.

gobolt7
06-27-2006, 06:17 PM
PS, happy 2000 posts Bolt.

Thank you sir. :)

Troy McClure
06-27-2006, 06:48 PM
64 teams is pathetic enough.
Right. When is the last time a team ranked lower than 30 or so won the thing?

dao256
06-27-2006, 07:52 PM
man i hope this doesnt take up more valuable nhl / pre-season baseball TV time!

gobolt7
06-27-2006, 07:54 PM
Right. When is the last time a team ranked lower than 30 or so won the thing?

Never, each of the four brackets lowest seeds is 16. ;)

Cerebral
06-27-2006, 09:11 PM
Ugh, I hate this idea. Why bother having a regular season if pretty much every decent team in a major conference will make the big dance anyway? Seeding is certainly important but I personally feel the tournament will lose a lot of it's mystique if it's so freaking easy to get into.

Tuggy
06-28-2006, 05:54 AM
Terrible idea and the only reason this is even a question is because of $$$$$.

Voice of Reason
06-28-2006, 11:44 AM
Sure, the NCAA can talk about expanding the tourney to 128 teams without a care despite it taking place right in the middle of the school year, but whenever NCAA football talks about a playoff they shoot it down because it would take time away from classes (even though finals are usually done by mid-December).
:shakehead

caniacgirl12
06-28-2006, 01:56 PM
128 teams would be absolute crazyness...like everyone else has said, what is the point in seeding if everyone and their mother's team can get in?