I wouldn't want to see the tournament watered down with 31 more teams in it. I mean obviously I think MSU, Illinois, Virginia Tech, and Ole Miss could be competitive in this year's event, but are there really 27 others that would be worthy of going? What would the squads at the bottom of that heap look like?
It's a big deal to make the tourney now, because it's not open to just everybody. Sure some weak schools from conferences with a automatic bid get in, but they have to bust their tails in their conference tourneys to get there. You can see the pure emotion of those teams when they win their way in and on Selection Sunday when their name appears on the grid. Of course, those teams usually end up as 16 seeds and get pounded by 30 in the first round, but at least they got to dance on the big stage.
So as the old saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." The NCAA tournament is doing just fine. Interest is at an all-time high. Upsets are still exciting. Bracketology and bubble watches are still hot fodder on the web, and on Selection Sunday we're all still debating who got lucky and who got shafted by the committee.
Let the road to Indianapolis begin. I'm sure it will as thrilling as ever with plenty of surprises and plot twists. As for me, I'll be following those Mississippi State Bulldogs on the road to the "other" Final Four... the one in New York for the NIT.