The first weekend of the 2011 Men’s Basketball tournament is in the books and the NCAA could not be more pleased.
The expanded field, which saw heavily-criticized pick Virginia Commonwealth storm from the Play-in game to the Sweet Sixteen, has given the NCAA a lot to celebrate.
“When we decided to expand the tournament to 68 teams last year, there was a lot of dissent,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in an interview. “We’re very excited to see how successful this move has actually been. To say the least”
Emmert went on to say that the reception and success of this year’s tournament so far has given the NCAA reason to consider future changes to continually improve the event. When asked if that meant a further expansion to 96 teams, he assured reporters that it did not.
“That’s not something we are considering at this moment. We are more focused on what we see as timing issues.”
He then went on to unveil a plan to shorten the overall tournament from 21 days….to one game.
“The major complaint we hear from the fans is that the tournament just takes too long to decide a champion. So, we are exploring the option of having all 68 teams compete in one, well-advertised contest.” He went on to add, “We feel this game could outshine even the Superbowl. And that’s very exciting.”
Emmert admitted that this sort of change in format would not be a simple process. But he assured reporters that the NCAA would do whatever it could to make it happen if they, in fact, decide to go that direction.
More details as they become available.