NCAA Outlines Plan to Expand Tournament to 96 Teams
Nothing has been decided officially, but if the NCAA expands its tournament, it will be a 96-team field and not 68.
During a Final Four press conference on Thursday, NCAA vice president Greg Shaheen outlined a detailed plan that included the logistics and timing of a potential new tourney.
The plan still needs to be approved by the Division I Men's Basketball Committee and passed on to the board of directors.
Still it appears as if last night's National Invitational Tournament final was the last for the nation's oldest postseason collegiate basketball tournament, which was founded in 1938.
The NCAA, which operates the NIT, will likely merge the 32-team tourney with the 65-team NCAA tournament to create a 96-team super tournament.
The new format would include first-round byes for 32 teams.