Reports surfaced Wednesday of one of the dumbest proposals I’ve ever heard. The ACC wants every single team to make the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
Yep. Every single team.
That’s close to 350 teams (353 to be exact) in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
According to KenPom rankings, the Chicago State Cougars were the worst team in college hoops last season. The Cougars were 4-25 with their best win coming against SIU Edwardsville. In fact, that was their only win against a Division 1 opponent.
Coming in at 352 on KenPom’s rankings was Kennesaw State, who went 1-28 last season. 1 AND 28.
Under the ACC’s proposal, Chicago State and Kennesaw State would make the NCAA Tournament.
Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski spearheaded the idea of every team being included in the NCAA Tournament this year.
There’s no doubt that the NCAA Tournament will continue to grow in the number of entries. One day March Madness might include up to 100 teams.
But, 353? No thanks.
Some argue the regular season is already watered down, and non-conference games don’t really matter. Adding nearly 300 teams to the postseason would mean the regular season wouldn’t mean anything.
Think about how boring Tennessee vs. Alabama State would be in early December if every team made the tournament.
This proposal also ruins my hunt at being the best bracketologist in the land. Last season I started on the journey, and I had a lot of success.
I was big on the Creighton Bluejays weeks before any national bracketologists gave them 2-seed credit. I also had the Dayton Flyers as one of the top-4 seeds over Duke before anyone else.
I’m confident I would crush a 353 bracket, but that would take so much time.
Coach K could be playing chess. Allowing each team a spot in the tournament would give them an extra benefit to play the season.
But, I’m out on Coach K. He couldn’t win with Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, and Cam Reddish on the same team. The old man is washed, and so are his ideas.
I could give 17,846 more reasons why this proposal is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard.
However, if I’m trying to find a positive, the Florida Gators would keep Mike White for making another NCAA Tournament.