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"I like the way the tournament is right now," Few said. "I think it's an honor when that name flashes up there on Selection Sunday. It's a sense of accomplishment -- not everybody gets invited. I mean, just think of the teams that aren't going to make it this year. I think if we went to 96, you just totally lose that type of feeling and it would be so watered down that I think our regular season wouldn't have as much importance."I'm not sure Few's argument about the bubble is entirely valid. Even with 96 teams, there would still be a bubble. Would it be as rigorous? No. But it would be a definite bubble -- teams would need to play well to get in the tournament, and other teams would need to play poorly to miss out.
"There's a tremendous amount of expectations and pressure up here (in Spokane, Wash.) to make the tournament," he said. "So if it did go to 96 (teams), that would probably make my job a lot easier."
But Few also said that the excitement of the charge toward the tournament, including the madness that is the NCAA tournament bubble, could get lost in the shuffle if the field were expanded.
"Think about what we're dealing with here down the stretch ... Everybody is talking about 'well, do you think they have enough wins to get in' ... and all of a sudden you kind of lose that if we go the other direction."