NCAA Pours Cold Water on ACC’s 346-Team Tournament Idea

On Wednesday, we brought you the news that ACC college basketball coaches were presenting a proposal to the NCAA to allow all 346 eligible teams into 2021 March Madness. Thus, it was inevitable that on Thursday we would bring you the news that the NCAA is already pooh-poohing that idea:

Whenever someone issues a statement like this that includes the words “at this time,” the mind runs to the Dumb and Dumber scene where Mary tells Lloyd there’s a one in a million shot they’d wind up together and Lloyd is psyched that there’s a chance.

Who knows what the next steps are here, but if the ACC feels strongly about the idea they should keep fighting for it because the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Personally, I think they should leave the NCAA tournament alone. It’s one of the most beautiful things in sports as is. I didn’t even like them adding the play-in games a few years ago. If it’s a one time tournament type situation it may be worth entertaining, but I don’t want to change the greatest single sports tournament on earth. There are certainly aspects of college sports they should focus on fixing, but the NCAA tournament isn’t one of them in my opinion. For goodness sake’s leave it alone. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  2. Thankful they won’t expand, but I could understand with the shortened season caused a minimum number of games not to be played.

    I fear any expansion this year would “stick” for a number of years, which would kill the tournament. 64 is too many, but it’s 25% of Division 1, so I understand it.

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