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New UNC AD favors 128-team tourney

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08:18 AM ET 02.28 | For new North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham, the more the merrier. Cunningham is among those in favor of a 128-team NCAA tournament for basketball. During a recent interview, Cunningham said he has "generally been a proponent" of a 128-team field for several years. "I think the first 64 games should be played at on-campus sites, but I think it could come about eventually," he said. "When you have 348 teams trying to get what is now 68 places in the tournament, the odds are pretty long for a lot of teams. There are teams that don't have a great deal of hope." Roughly 19.5 percent of the Division I teams wind up with NCAA bids. By comparison, 16 of 30 teams in the NHL and NBA qualify for the playoffs.

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February 28, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Figures! Football won't go far enough and hoops goes way too far! They are both...

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IDIOTS

February 28, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Those 1 vs 16 matchups are so good, I can't wait to see a 1 vs 32!! Dat's some quality basketball rite there.........

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February 28, 2012  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Figures! Football won't go far enough and hoops goes way too far! They are both...waitwaitwaitIDIOTS

If this happens, I will never watch another bb game.

February 28, 2012  09:58 AM ET

its ridiculous to compare the percentage of those who make the tournament to those in professional leagues that make the playoffs

How can you compare numbers when there is 30 teams versus hundreds of D1 schools

February 28, 2012  09:59 AM ET
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If this happens, I will never watch another bb game.

Can't you just hear the #129 team bidtching about being left out and not getting their "shot"?

IMO, you have a hard enough time finding 64 decent teams now.....

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February 28, 2012  10:19 AM ET

Are they going to include the top 20 women's teams into the field to make this work and give them a sliding point spread??? Seriously, with the way the talent runs to the NBA and overseas after a yr or even before going to college there just are not that many tournament worthy teams?

February 28, 2012  10:26 AM ET
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hit enter b4 i finished :)

U really think LUS is gonna make the NCAA?

By the way, WTFJJ happpened to the baseball team last weekend?

February 28, 2012  10:29 AM ET

Tell the UNC AD that every collegiate player's dream isn't getting into March Madness (then losing in the first round).
Most of these student-athletes have a dream of a scholarship and a chance to play college basketball....for the fun and competitive nature.

It's guys like this UNC AD that distort the whole picture of college basketball.

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February 28, 2012  12:33 PM ET

wow...clever. how did Bubba get that job anyway?

February 28, 2012  12:41 PM ET

So right now Nebraska has a RPI of 127 and would get into the tournament. They are 4-12 in conference and lost their last game by 28 points.

Can't wait to see how the 11th best team in the big ten would do.

February 28, 2012  12:43 PM ET

With 64 teams, the NCAA long ago passed on making the regular season meaningful for any top teams. Now we can have a lengthy preseason followed by an all-teams tournament.

February 28, 2012  12:44 PM ET
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So right now Nebraska has a RPI of 127 and would get into the tournament. They are 4-12 in conference and lost their last game by 28 points. Can't wait to see how the 11th best team in the big ten would do.

not much has changed since they left the Big 12.

February 28, 2012  12:45 PM ET

Sorry; tied for 11th place with 12-17 Penn State.

February 28, 2012  01:53 PM ET

Translation -- he's in favor of expanding it to 128 teams, as long as the power conferences get 59 of the 60 new slots.

This was why the tourney added three slots last year. The year that Virginia got passed over for George Mason, the ACC folks boo-hooed that they only had four teams in the tournament and they deserved more. Problem is that the Patriots got to the Final Four.

Last year, after they added the three slots, the bigs boo-hooed again when VCU got one of the three openings instead of another ACC team. And, sure enough, another Cinderella was born.

Sorry, ACC. Just because the Big East (deservedly) got eight teams in last year doesn't mean you get to do the same (half of the conference) every year.

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February 28, 2012  02:35 PM ET
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Translation -- he's in favor of expanding it to 128 teams, as long as the power conferences get 59 of the 60 new slots.This was why the tourney added three slots last year. The year that Virginia got passed over for George Mason, the ACC folks boo-hooed that they only had four teams in the tournament and they deserved more. Problem is that the Patriots got to the Final Four.Last year, after they added the three slots, the bigs boo-hooed again when VCU got one of the three openings instead of another ACC team. And, sure enough, another Cinderella was born.Sorry, ACC. Just because the Big East (deservedly) got eight teams in last year doesn't mean you get to do the same (half of the conference) every year.

Big East was helped by UConn running the table starting with their conference tournament.

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