96-Team Bracket Will Kill Tournament's Opening Days

96-Team Bracket Will Kill Tournament's Opening Days

I wish the headline was a bit of personal hyperbole, but I don't know how else I can really react to seeing this atrocity to the right. (Click here to see Joe Lunardi's first pass at a full 96-team bracket.)

I don't want to overreact and say the NCAA Tournament as a whole will be ruined by such a bracket, but I can say this: the first days will be destroyed. Check out some of these outstanding matchups in one region alone. Alabama-Iowa State, ODU-Morgan State, Gonzaga-Ohio, Arizona State-Saint Louis, New Mexico-Pacific, Murray State-Virginia, Virginia Tech-Coastal Carolina, Michigan-Texas Tech. These are the kind of middling games most fans skip if there's good scripted TV on in the middle of February, not the kind of games you skip two days of work for.

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