CWS: More teams in NCAA tournament?

By Eric Sorenson - June 26, 2006

I just read an article in the Omaha World Herald about how there is a grass roots push by coaches to increase the NCAA basketball tournament to 128 teams, nearly double the amount of the current 65 teams. One of the main reasons that was given was because of the increased parity in college basketball and the success of George Mason and its run to the Final Four. (Not to mention the success of other "mid-major" teams like Gonzaga, Bradley and Wichita State who made it to the round of 16).

So do you think college baseball coaches will follow suit and want an increase in the number of teams for June Madness?

Well to tell you the truth, I don't think an increase in teams is necessary. Instead, they should just take Dick Vitale's advice and limit the number of big conference teams, giving more spots to high-quality, yet underappreciated teams that have their RPI's ruined by their conference's "anchor effect."

Dickie V. has gone on record as saying he thinks no conference should get more than five (5) NCAA bids. I wouldn't be that drastic, but I think six in basketball is about right. I also think that number is appropriate for baseball too. Yes, six.

That way, we'd get more teams like Oral Roberts, College of Charleston, Evansville, Manhattan, Pepperdine and Wichita State in the big dance. Secondly, it would possibly cut back on the number of teams in all these horrendous eight-team, double-elimination conference tournaments that wear out a pitching staff right before the NCAA tournament. Can I get an amen?!

Posted by Eric Sorenson at 05:49 PM on June 26, 2006

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