NCAA Tournament expansion: Big Ten’s Kevin Warren open to ideas

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren believes expanding the NCAA basketball tournaments is one of the “things we have to look at.” The comments, made in an interview Wednesday from the conference’s media days in Minneapolis, are the latest in a push by top college sports administrators to discuss expanding the field from the current 68-team format in men’s and women’s basketball. .

In August, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Sports IllustratedPat Ford said he wants to “take a fresh look” at the tournament and cited examples of lowly sports like UCLA, VCU and Syracuse making runs as a reason for an extended postseason. Earlier Wednesday, ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said he was “in favor of looking at it” and went so far as to say he would “really like us to expand.” There was even fear from administrators at mid- and low-ranked schools that the tournament could be changed to no longer include automatic bids for all conference champions.

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