It seems like eons ago that the 2020 Men’s College Basketball Tournament was canceled due to the COVD-19 pandemic.
It’s a rite of passage for sports fans throughout the United States. Filling out your brackets and comparing to friends. More recently, online contests have been the name of the game.
Should the 2020-21 college basketball season go on as planned, those brackets could almost be doubled. According to college basketball insider Jeff Goodman, coaches within the ACC want to change the structure of the tournament this coming season to include every Division 1 college basketball program.
2021 Men’s Basketball Tournament to be all-inclusive?
The ACC is reportedly already having discussions with the NCAA about this possibility. The idea would be to celebrate college basketball during the 2020-21 season like we’ve never seen before.
With that said, this would create a competitive balance issue on the court. No one wants to see a four-win team from a mid-major take on the likes of Duke or Kentucky in an NCAA Tournament game. That’s not what we’d call an entertaining brand of basketball.
From a pure financial perspective, this would help programs around the United States recoup some of the revenue they lost when the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled. It would help the NCAA, too.
Those in support of an all-inclusive NCAA Tournament next year will be releasing statements backing up their beliefs throughout Wednesday.