The idea of a 96-team tournament is anything but popular. Some coaches say they’re in favor of it, but that’s their own (misguided) notion that it will save the jobs talking, so don’t mind them. With the NCAA speaking to the media today, we got a doozy of a rationalization from Greg Shaheen, NCAA senior vice president of basketball and business strategies, in response to a question from John Feinstein. First, Shaheen laid out a 96-team tourney outline:
If you were to have a 96 team tournament, it would mean that the top 32 teams, in essence the 1 through 8 seeds across four regions, would receive a bye and not compete until Saturday or Sunday of the first week.