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The Benefits of Adding More (March) Madness

Why the NCAA Tournament should expand to 128 teams

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More games and teams should be added in the future

More games and teams should be added in the future

Photo by Andrew Mize

Photo by Andrew Mize

More games and teams should be added in the future

Andrew Mize, Staff Reporter

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March Madness is a time where the entire country becomes avid college basketball fans, whether they have seen a game or not. These fans become glued to their TVs, smartphones or any device where they can become engrossed in the hype. The NCAA tournament needs to be expanded to 128 teams rather than 64 to extend the excitement for a few more days.

Throughout the tournament, there are very exciting games that draw audiences of all ages. The unpredictability and the uncertainty in the games are enthralling to fans. Everyone roots for a Cinderella. The idea of a small state school from the middle of nowhere knocking off a perennial powerhouse that has a history of winning is a sight that fans wait to see every year, although it does not always happen as some may hope.

If the tournament were expanded to 128 teams, there would be many more heart-stopping moments to this invigorating time. It would allow for a perfect bracket to be that much more special, although it is still basically impossibly. It would allow for more procrastination for students, like me, and would provide a sense of fulfillment once the nets were cut down because of the devotion and commitment that people would put into.

The main reason would be that the teams that come so close to going to the ‘Big Dance’ would make their dreams become a reality and be able to show they belong. For example, the Nebraska Cornhuskers finished with a 13-5 conference record and a 22-10 record overall this season. They were on the outside looking in all year and were not fortunate to go dancing this year. With the addition of a larger bracket, the Huskers would be able to make the NCAA tournament and show what they are made of. This would allow for many fan bases to be able to watch their favorite teams.

Although 128 teams may seem like too many, this much needed change would increase the hype around March Madness, while increasing the fun and festivities of college basketball in March and the rest of the year.

Andrew Mize

Andrew joined the Flightline in August of 2017. He is a senior this year, involved in cross country, track, HOSA and Guardians. Outside of school, he enjoys watching football, Netflix and listening to music. You can email him at [email protected]

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One Response to “The Benefits of Adding More (March) Madness”

  1. Grandpa Mize on April 30th, 2018 9:49 am

    Your right we need more things to bring us together

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