Mike Sorensen: NCAA needs more Davids, fewer Goliaths in the tournament

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  • JSKM1232 Sandy, UT
    March 22, 2016 10:36 a.m.

    @the greater truth
    Bountiful, UT
    @JSKM1232

    "The tournament will never shrink. There is too much money to be made.

    So the solution must be to tweak the rules for automatic bids, limit number teams from a conference, or make the tournament even bigger."

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    Why make the tournament bigger? So the "little Johnny" teams don't get left out? Not everyone belongs in the tournament. Perhaps we should invite all 358 NCAA Div I teams to the tournament. That would satisfy everyone would it not? Of course the trophy would be meaningless.

  • the greater truth Bountiful, UT
    March 21, 2016 7:07 p.m.

    @JSKM1232

    The tournament will never shrink. There is too much money to be made.

    So the solution must be to tweak the rules for automatic bids, limit number teams from a conference, or make the tournament even bigger.

  • JSKM1232 Sandy, UT
    March 21, 2016 4:33 p.m.

    @cmsense
    Kaysville, UT
    "The ACC is a true basketball conference and all its winning teams deserved to be in the NCAA. The PAC 12, not so much. They obviously shouldn't be considered in preference to quality mid majors. You have to prove it on the court and they laid an egg."

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    The one thing that the PAC-12 can bring in (and that is what the NCAA tournament is all about) that the Mid-Majors cannot is MONEY and lots of it. Why do you think the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12 all get multiple seeds, MONEY and lots of it.

  • JSKM1232 Sandy, UT
    March 21, 2016 4:29 p.m.

    @the sage
    Bountiful, UT
    There are two easy ways to fix this tournament selection problem:

    1. All regular season champions and all tournament get an automatic bid before you select any other team

    or

    2. make it tournament of 128 teams, which would only add an extra week to play the first round of 64 games. any team that can't make a 128 team field has no argument to be in it. No other post season tournaments would no longer be needed ( all those teams a would be .500 or worse and not worth talking about anyways)
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    Or go back to the way it used to be - The tournament started out at the sweet 16. Only 16 teams invited. The rest can duke it out in the NIT. They've watered it down to satisfy anybody and everybody.

  • Uconn and Cincy to Big 12! Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2016 4:28 p.m.

    No we dont.

    Even though only 20% of division I basketball teams are P5 teams, they make up 88% of the sweet 16.

    Additionally, even though only 44% of the original field was P5 teams, its now 88% of the teams left.

    Once again, we(p5) collectively showed we are vastly superior to the mid majors and that there is a huge difference between the P5 and the other conferences.

  • rlsintx Saratoga Springs, UT
    March 21, 2016 4:05 p.m.

    Too many teams in the tourney.
    Cut it back to 32.
    Conference champions, however that conference wants to determine it.
    Rest of teams by nomination of other conferences based on who they played.
    No one with a losing record, at all.
    Too long.

  • red.diehard Central, UT
    March 21, 2016 2:53 p.m.

    It's all about the money and the 'David's' just don't make it.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    March 21, 2016 2:44 p.m.

    The common sense of this is that the second and often third place teams from mid-majors are better than the seventh or eighth place teams from major conferences. Mid majors and the other smaller conferences ought to do themselves a favor by NOT having conference tournaments. Make sure you send your most deserving team, that will increase chances for victory and respect. That means send your regular season conference champion to the big dance.

  • LoveLondon Murray, UT
    March 21, 2016 12:28 p.m.

    Totally agree with Mike that you should have to have a winning record in conference play in order to get an at-large bid no matter how strong your conference is. St. Mary's got robbed this year. They definitely should have been in the NCAA tournament.

    Also, if you are going to use RPI as one of the main criteria for inviting at-large teams, then make it apply as much for mid-majors as you do for Power 5 teams. There were 8 or 9 mid-major teams, who weren't invited to the NCAA tournament, that had a better RPI than Michigan who was invited.

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 21, 2016 9:52 a.m.

    Sorry Rock, above comment was for Mike.

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 21, 2016 9:26 a.m.

    Rock take off your blue tinted goggles, the tournament was expanded to 68 teams to give the "Cinderella's" their chance and they also can play in the "Nobody's Interested Tournament". (see byu) To which in my understanding barely makes any revenue. My question to you is: Do you honestly think those smaller schools you mentioned would even be eligible for the NCAA tournament if they played a power conference schedule? Not likely, it may make good copy for sports writers but it is not whats's best for the sport. One of the big draws to the NCAA tournament is that it is limited. Another is that teams in the tournament are generally not playing teams from their conference. They get a chance to match up with other power five conferences. Mix in a few "David's" and bingo your have the NCAA.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    March 21, 2016 7:56 a.m.

    The NCAA Tournament should at first assure that any team that has a legitimate chance to be the champion is in the tournament. Men’s College Basketball achieves this. College Football does not, and will eventually be forced to expand. Secondary to this, but still important is the issue of preferential treatment for the schools in the “power” conferences. These “power” conferences hold near absolute power over the TV rights and tournaments (i.e. the “money” part of college athletics). And the saying goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Inasmuch as college athletics is now a business, the NCAA is a cartel that would be held illegal if it were any other business in America. Utah’s Congressional delegation made tentative first baby steps toward regulation of this business. But, they backed off as they were bought off when Utah joined the PAC12. Unfortunately, I can see no justice in the near future. We are all the worse for it.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    March 20, 2016 9:00 p.m.

    The ACC is a true basketball conference and all its winning teams deserved to be in the NCAA. The PAC 12, not so much. They obviously shouldn't be considered in preference to quality mid majors. You have to prove it on the court and they laid an egg.

  • the sage Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2016 7:09 p.m.

    There are two easy ways to fix this tournament selection problem:

    1. All regular season champions and all tournament get an automatic bid before you select any other team

    or

    2. make it tournament of 128 teams, which would only add an extra week to play the first round of 64 games. any team that can't make a 128 team field has no argument to be in it. No other post season tournaments would no longer be needed ( all those teams a would be .500 or worse and not worth talking about anyways)