With dire predictions last spring that the NCAA was going to expand the basketball tournament to 96 -- or more -- teams, today it was announced that the current 68-team format will be the last expansion and "further expansion should not be expected."â†µâ†µ
Said Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith: "It isn't even on our radar screen."â†µâ†µ
Three teams were added to the 65-team field that has been in effect since 2001, so instead of one play-in game next March, there will be four before the actual first round games take place.â†µâ†µ
Of course, "radar screens" can change; the tournament had 32 teams from 1975-78, 40 in 1979, 48 from 1980â€“1982, 52 in 1983 (with the same four play-in games we'll have in 2011), 53 in 1984 (five play-in games), and 64 from 1985-2000. So if they say no expansion should be expected, looking at history tells us that probably isn't true.â†µâ†µ
But now that they have "fixed" this, let them work on getting a college football playoff. Death to the BCS.