Bracketologist reacts to 68

April, 22, 2010
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My first reaction to a 68-team NCAA tournament field is as follows:

-- Thank heavens the powers-that-be came to their senses ...

-- We assume, without confirmation, that the additional three teams will result in opening round games among typical No. 15 and No. 16 seeds. I suppose this leaves open the possibility, however remote, that the new opening round could instead involve the cut line of the at-large pool as opposed to the weakest automatic qualifiers.

-- Thank heavens the powers-that-be came to their senses ...

-- I hope at some point that an opening round doubleheader could be played at the Palestra in Philadelphia, which for a long time held the record for most NCAA tournament games hosted.

-- Thank heavens the powers-that-be came to their senses ...

-- We will see a No. 1 seed finally lose to a No. 16 seed sooner rather than later. The level of competition for top seeds in the first round is about to go up (not dramatically, but just enough to turn years of near-misses into the occasional historic upset).

-- Did I mention how great it is that the powers-that-be came to their senses?

Joe Lunardi | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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