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Do you want a 96-team NCAA Tournament? Billy Donovan does and so do I.

The Florida Gators take on Auburn at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament. The Gators probably need to win to keep alive the hope of receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Check back here after the game for my thoughts on the contest.

Before tipoff, I wanted to get some feedback from basketball fans on whether or not they support a 96-team playoff. Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan supports the idea, which is being considered by the NCAA. What do fans want? I'm all for it, but maybe not for the same reasons as Donovan. Here's a link to Donovan's perspective. From my perspective, an expanded bracket could get more mid-majors into the tournament. Here's how:

The NCAA Tournament should only be expanded to 96 teams if more smaller schools are given the chance to participate. How do you make this fair? By giving all regular-season conference champions an automatic bid. This would allow more mid majors an opportunity to make the NCAA Tournament. A positive spin-off of this new rule would also make college basketball's regular season more relevant.

Thoughts welcomed. Leave a comment.

In other news, former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow scored a 22 on the Wonderlic, according to the Palm Beach Post. Thoughts? I don't see this hurting his draft status. The national average (for all prospective employees and not just football players) is 21.

-jo-

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Any Brandon Knight updates? Have fun in Nashville.

Personally, I'd rather go back to 48 so that the regular season was more exciting and conference championships meant something again, but in this age of exposure and all kinds of networks etc, it's probably about right. At 96, why have a season?? Let's just go ahead and have a tournament.

Guess the GAtors could possibly get in at 96 or maybe 112 would be better...

I agree with ReptilesRule. Go with 32, 48, or at most 64 (65? Bah!) but never 96.

This is what will happen if we get a football playoff: meaningless regular season, a la Calipari.

I don't understand why so many people are against the 96-team idea. It's not like it's a lot more games. It's not even an entire extra round of games. The top 32 teams would have first-round byes. It just gives more schools the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Tournament and allows the NCAA to make a little more money.

ConnGators, if football gets a playoff, then the excitement over the regular season will simply be amplified. Just my opinion.

-jo-

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