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Seth Greenberg on NCAA tournament expansion

CBS and Turner Broadcasting on Thursday announced it would carry the NCAA basketball tournament from 2011 to 2024, and the field is likely going to expand to 68 teams, from 65, if the Division I board of directors approves the change.

The NCAA had considered expanding the field to 96 teams, which was met with praise by many coaches and scorn by fans who wanted to preserve the March Madness brackets, which they argued would be watered down by more teams.

The possible expansion to a 68-team field was met coolly by Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg. See the brief Q&A that follows for Greenberg's view of the topic.

What's your take on the possible expansion of the NCAA tournament to 68 teams?

I think it’s a start. I'm not sure it’s the answer. But I'm not sure 96 was the answer either. It's going to be a process of what the right number is. Rather than jump right into the number, this is an easy way to jump into it.

I’m not sure 68 is the right number. I think it’s a start. Rather than jumping in, it gives them more of a chance to evaluate. And I think it gives TV a chance figure out how to fit these extra games into a window. . . . It basically gives the whole concept time to breathe.

What do your coaching peers think about it?

I think they probably think we need more than 68, but I think they think 96 would take away from conference tournaments, and I'm sure conference commissioners wouldn't want that, because it takes away the value of post-season play because that’s a huge revenue stream for all conferences. I think this is a starting point. I don't know the exact number.

By Mark Viera  |  April 23, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
 
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