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Play-in Game? What?

Posted by Steve Bzomowski on March 13, 2007

Someone please explain to me why there is a play-in game? What? Can’t “The (All-Powerful) Committee” make up its mind? What? Can’t tell one conference, “no, you’re not deserving. You didn’t generate enough revenue for us so you can’t pla-ay?”

64 is so much nicer a number than 65. I just got off the line with The Basketball God and TBG says, “forget it, this game is not worthy. I am not telling you who wins”.

So, it’s up to me . . . The Mid-Eastern or the MAAC? It should be easy, Florida A&M, defending national champions and all? Wait, that was the other Florida. Maybe Niagara has them over a barrel? Yes, awash in the glory of their MAAC tourney run, The Purple Eagles drown The Rattlers behind Coach Joe Mihalich (a Philly guy who played for Paul Westhead and coached under Speedy Morris and the legendary Morgan Wooten) and you always go with the Philly guy.

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3 Responses to “Play-in Game? What?”

  1. Ashok said

    For the record, ….

    “The play-in game was created as a compromise to preserve the number of at-large bids in the NCAA tournament after the creation of the Mountain West Conference increased the number of automatic bids from 33 to 34. Held in Dayton, Ohio, it pits two of the least competitive teams in the field for the right to be a No. 16 seed and face a No. 1 seed in the traditional field of 64. It is the only game in the tournament that is not a part of the television deal between CBS and the NCAA.”

    source: http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/1708291

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  2. Ashok said

    (Is this a duplicate post? I tried posting before but it just blew me off)

    For the record….

    “The play-in game was created as a compromise to preserve the number of at-large bids in the NCAA tournament after the creation of the Mountain West Conference increased the number of automatic bids from 33 to 34. Held in Dayton, Ohio, it pits two of the least competitive teams in the field for the right to be a No. 16 seed and face a No. 1 seed in the traditional field of 64. It is the only game in the tournament that is not a part of the television deal between CBS and the NCAA.”

    source: http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/1708291

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  3. Greg Herr said

    65 is ridiculous in its way, but not as ridiculous as 48 was. And 64 doesn’t make it any easier for Drexel to get a bid. What about giving the automatic bids to the regular season champions and letting the conference tourneys be the made for TV spectacles that they are? What keeps Drexel (Philly plus Bruiser Flint = gotta love ’em) out of the NCAAs is upsets in low-level conferences somewhat forcing the committee to give a second bid to a conference that otherwise would have received one.

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