The NCAA Tournament will not have 1,783 teams in 2021.
Wednesday afternoon the ACC proposed creating an expanded field for the coronavirus-plagued 2021 postseason. Did Coach K want 132 teams instead of 64? Nope. The ACC coaches proposed including all 346 eligible Division I teams in the expanded 2021 version of the NCAA Tournament.
The radical idea was quickly dismissed by many and embraced by some. Ultimately, the decision-makers at the NCAA did not give the proposal much time to be a possible option the NCAA explores this fall. Thursday morning Dan Gavitt released the following message through Andy Katz, stating the NCAA does not currently plan on expanding the NCAA Tournament field in 2021.
Expanding the field to 346 is pure (March) madness, but expanding the field to 120 teams or so is an idea many pundits have kicked around to even the field as non-conference schedules shrink across the country, limiting a small school’s ability to build its resume. According to Gavitt, any expansion of the field is currently not on the table.
We will soon have a better idea of what college basketball will look like this year. The Division I Council is expected to set a start date for the 2020-21 college basketball season on Monday, Sept. 14.