North Carolina’s AD favors a 128-team basketball tournament. It’s all about the math… and judiciously trimming the regular season.
… Until 1985, when the field was expanded from 48 to 64 teams, an NCAA bid was ridiculously difficult to land mathematically.
From 1953 through 1974, the field was limited to 22 qualifiers at a time when about 225 teams were eligible. That’s 9.7 percent.
During most of those years, MLB had 16 teams and only the National and American League champs played on after the final regular season games. That still comes out 12.5 percent.
The popular theory is that an expansion to 128 teams would wipe out postseason conference tournaments. Cunningham doesn’t entirely agree.
“There are lot of models that would have to be considered,” he said.
One possibility would be to eliminate one of two regular-season games from the early schedule, then start and conference regular-season schedules earlier.
Whichever makes the most money wins. Same as it ever was.
Good thing the people making decisions about this aren’t the same people entrusted with college football’s postsea… uh, never mind.