After news of the NCAA's potential expansion to a 96-team tournament swirled around the sports world yesterday, there were bound to be at least a few people who liked the idea. Enter Florida coach Billy Donovan.â†µ
From the Palm Beach Post:
“I felt bad for our kids the last couple of years. You’re right there, a game or two away from maybe being in and then they don’t get a chance to go,” Donovan said.â†µ
“And then there’s a perception that if you’re in the NIT, it’s quote-unquote a loser’s tournament. And I think that any time you expand something, where you’re playing for that main trophy that everyone’s trying to play for, I think it’s always good to have more opportunities for more people.”â†µ
Oh, right. It's always good to have more opportunities for people. We should just go ahead and expand to 128, just to make sure not a single underachieving team (like Florida the past few years) ever gets left out of the NCAAs.â†µ
Like last year, the Florida team that started 16-2, and then finished the year losing five of eight in an SEC down year. That team totally should've made the tournament. Nick Calathes!!â†µ
In college basketball, there are no true losers. And you know what that means? Everyone gets a spot in the tournament... AND a trophy!