There has been a lot of talk lately about expanding the NCAA tournament to 96 teams, and you'll likely hear St. Mary's two victories used as evidence in favor of that expansion. Although St. Mary's earned an automatic bid, they really got in because Gonzaga had a resume of doing well in the tournament for more than a decade. (If the situations were reversed, I doubt St. Mary's gets an at-large bid.) I'm actually willing to listen to the argument that supports 96 teams if it means more teams like St. Mary's and Cornell would make the Big Dance, because their success is what makes the NCAA tournament the best event in sports. Nothing makes me smile like seeing a goofy point guard banking in 3-pointers late in the game when a higher seed is on the ropes and asking the refs to bail them out every time down the court.