Wait, SMU Will Be Included in March's Madness?

Categories: March Madness, SMU
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Never again let me criticize college football for rewarding 70 teams with bowl games. Because college basketball is now doing the same thing. And then some.

This year - this week - March has increased, unprecedented Madness.

Ohio State, Duke, Pittsburgh and Kansas are the No. 1 seeds as the NCAA men's basketball tournament tips off this week. That tournament features 68 teams (11 from the Big East and five from the Big 12 including Texas as No. 4 in the West), will be televised on four networks (CBS, TNT, TBS and, what the what?!, TruTV) and features not only a Final Four April 2 in Houston but also a First Four, with games played Tuesday and Wednesday before Thursday's wall-to-wall hoops.

But wait, order now and there's more!

The NIT has a 32-team field including Big 12ers Colorado and Nebraska. And, for an added bonus, there's something called the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) that found 24 more teams to reward with post-season play, including SMU. That's Dallas' own SMU, they of the 8-8 record in Conference USA and season-ending four-game losing streak including a first-round tournament loss to Rice. Yep, the Mustangs will host a teensy tiny slice of Madness Wednesday against Oral Roberts.

That's 68 plus 32 plus another 24. By my sportswriter math that's 124 teams.

UPDATE: Holy ess, I forgot about the much heralded College Basketball Invitational. Make it 140 teams!

And, amazingly just a year after getting this close to the Final Four, none of those teams are named Baylor.


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5 comments
Tim
Tim

Baylor turned down the CBI and CIT tournament offers. The NIT didn't want a Perry Jones-less Baylor squad...

Mishon
Mishon

Just more proof that the NCAA NEVER gets anything right...they have already screwed up college football and now they are ruining college basketball. Like everything else in sports (and the world) this was money driven. Why only have 64 teams with 1 play in game playing on 1 network, when you can have 68 teams with 4 play in games spread it across 4 networks? Ridiculous.

Mike
Mike

There is another post season tournament. I think it is called CBI. CBI and CIT both require the schools participating to pay money to be in tournament. Lots of teams aren't interested in those two tournaments.

But remember there are 3 times the number of Div 1 basketball schools compared to football. For football over half the teams go to postseason. Basketball isn't there yet.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Yeah, the tourney is ridiculous. I wonder how those baskeball coaches are explaining to the administration how those players are going to miss 4 weeks of class. That's what we were told about college football playoffs hampering academics. The 68 team thing is bogus. I know some conference winners aren't going to do jackshit, but why make them have a play in game to make the 64 when you had to add at-large teams that didn't win their own tourneys. Shouldn't those teams be made to have the play in games?(full disclosure, I'm a UTSA alum; they won the Southland but still have to play-in)Head scratching about Baylor, unless the NIT knows something that we don't about other possible sanctions.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

the play in games are so irrelevant, that's why I don't understand why you have these smaller schools playing in. Why not do it where you put the schools on the bubble? Then you'll see some real drama and less bitching. Your reward for winning a play-in game? You get your brains beat in by a #1 seed! #Losing

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