Expanding The NCAA Tournament: Good Idea, Bad Idea?

Feb 1, 2010, 6:27 PM | Updated: Apr 4, 2011, 7:55 pm

There’s an idea floating around to expand the NCAA tournament to a field of 96 teams, and today we discussed whether or not it’s a good idea.

The NCAA Tournament is already 65 teams, including the play-in game, and this expansion would add 31 more to the pool.

Mychal Thompson, father of Clay Thompson of WSU, joined us to weigh in. And he simply said, “No – number 16 can’t even compete with number 1 in the seedings. I know an upset can happen every 20 years or once every lunar eclipse, but this is ridiculous.”

Mychal also discussed Pac-10 hoops and his son, Clay Thompson, who he thinks could benefit from more time in college. You can hear the full interview right here.

We were also joined by University of Washington’s own Quincy Pondexter, who had quite a different take on tournament expansion.quincydunksthat

“All it is is adding one more game to the NCAA tournament, and it’s to see who the real champion is. There are a lot of teams that get snubbed every year, and to add a couple more – I don’t think there’s a problem with that.”

Quincy also stuck around to talk about the win over Wazzu, the evolution of his game and the remainder of the season leading to the tournament. You listen to all of it right here.

What do you think about expanding the NCAA Tournament to a field of 96 teams? Would it create a better field? Or would it water down what is already a great championship bracket? Leave your thoughts below!

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