More March Madness? If the ACC has its way, that’s what you will be getting.
The conference plans to propose legislation that would increase the number of teams in the NCAA Tournament from 68 to 72. The proposal would add in four more at-large teams and two additional “First Four” games.
News of this proposal was reported by the Raleigh News & Observer. The ACC is also putting forward requests to widen the lane, move back the 3-point line and reset the shot clock to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound.
“The idea of having two First Fours, if you will, maybe geographic,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said, via the N&O. “That’s such a quick turnaround. You could have one maybe in Dayton and one in the western part of the states. But we will be proposing that.”
While coaches would ostensibly support a measure increasing the size of the tournament, a backlash from some fans and media members is to be expected.
We’re already seeing it, in fact.
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) May 17, 2018
— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) May 17, 2018
Not just no, but hell no. https://t.co/Hv7N0MeMVx
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) May 17, 2018
However, at least a couple of college basketball writers are down with a potential change.
I have a better idea … expand to 76 teams! Seriously. Hear me out. I think this is awesome. https://t.co/2AIesRwn4X
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) May 17, 2018
Unpopular opinion: I'm cool with this. Two more Dayton games and a whole lot less bitching and moaning from snubbed coaches. https://t.co/XhcsE4iP43
— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) May 17, 2018
As for us, it’s a no. The bubble is already too soft in college hoops, no need to expand it further.