More Parity Atop the Bracket, but Less Talent on the Bubble

The N.C.A.A. revealed the 65-team field for its men’s basketball tournament on Sunday amid vigorous discussions about significantly changing this rite of March by adding 31 teams. Yet the assembling of this year’s field was perhaps defined by the undistinguished nature of the teams on the tournament’s bubble.

Among the final teams to receive bids were Utah State, Florida and Minnesota, none of which had a particularly impressive résumé. Jay Bilas of ESPN called it the weakest field in the history of the tournament.