This is in response to Billy Donovan's agruement for a more team in the Men's college basketball tournament. It was posted on March 2, 2010.
First, he says having more teams means more players can participate. This is college basketball post season. Only the best should allowed to participate. If you are not one of the better teams in country, then you are just not good enough for post season play. Who would want to watch a .500 team or below in the post season? Also, where is the arguement that they are students first? They are there to get an education, not to play ball.
Second, he states that college basketball is only March focus. College basketball starts in November. The beginning of college basketball is not to complete with the ending college football and it's bowl season, and the NFL. However, here two suggestions that could help: 1) Schedule better non-conference games. The non-conference schedule have too many of the major school blowing out the mid-majors. Many times with their bench players. Why should fans wait until March to see Kansas play Kentucky? 2) Why does conference season have to begin in January, when the season starts in November? They can mix up the conference schedule with non-conference schedule. Conference games will still be good in November and December.
Third, A expanded tournament is still a one and done. It only adds additional rounds. So I do not get this part of his arguement.
Fourth, He argues that your odds go up with more team. How does he figure that. If you are one team out of a total 65 teams, then your odds are 1 in 65. If you are one team out 96 teams, then your odds are 1 in 95. In an expanded one and done format you will never get the best team, only the most luckiest team.