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Writer has New College Basketball Tournament Idea

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So, floating around today is a new early season tournament idea put together by Daniel Uthman of USA Today Sports. The idea is pretty simple. It’s a 16-team tournament taking place in December each year at four different locations with the Final Four being played at Madison Square Garden or the Barclay’s Center. Uthman has the idea that places like The Palestra, UD Arena and The Pit would be hosts for the first two rounds.

The idea is to garner more interest in college hoops at the end of the college football season. So, Uthman says the games would have been played on December 9, 11, 17 and 19 this past year where the only competition is the Army-Navy game and the Heisman.

So, who would these teams be? Uthman pitches the teams that made the Sweet 16 the year prior, with the winner being guaranteed a spot into the NCAA Tournament. The teams would be seeded in the summer by a committee much like the NCAA Tournament.

Frankly, I’m all for this. This tournament would almost always include Kentucky, which gives us another stage to play big games, even if it means not playing in the CBS Sports Classic or Champions Classic. The idea that the winning team gets a berth will turn some people off, but I think that’s what would make this intriguing. Take for instance a team like Wichita State from last year, who is typically in a one or two-bid conference. Playing in this would give them more incentive to play well and solidify its program. For teams like Kentucky, losing in this event isn’t the end of the world because of the likelihood of winning its conference.

Would you want to see this Starting 16 Tournament come into play?

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

16 Comments for Writer has New College Basketball Tournament Idea



  1. kentuckyrld
    5:15 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    I think this tournament is a great idea. However, guaranteeing a spot in the NCAA to the winner is definitely one of the dumber ideas I have heard so far this year.



  2. ukjaybrat
    5:21 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    All fun and good, but according to NCAA rules, you can’t have two teams from the same conference play in a preseason tournament. Which is why that Nike thing coming up had to be split into two 8-team tournaments.



  3. jman3715
    5:23 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    Would be interesting but I can’t imagine it would happen. This would affect the number of games played in the season for each of the teams. What if you lose in the first round? Do you then take the additional days off?



    • CW
      1:58 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

      Easy, do the same thing the Maui Invitational, Battle for Atlantis and virtually every other pre NCAA tournament does, and having the losers play the other losers. The losers that play each other will, in theory, provide an entertaining game with top teams. Think of how many top ten teams could potentially play in the losers bracket.



  4. taylorsvillecat
    5:23 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    How would you schedule your December when you didn’t know how many games you’d be in for that tourney? Unworkable.



    • CW
      1:59 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

      Easy, do the same thing the Maui Invitational, Battle for Atlantis and virtually every other pre NCAA tournament does, and having the losers play the other losers. The losers that play each other will, in theory, provide an entertaining game with top teams. Think of how many top ten teams could potentially play in the losers bracket. The losers games would replace any games that normally would have been played on that date in previous versions of the schedule.



  5. Angelo
    5:24 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    Great idea!



  6. Biglaw Dawgin'
    5:42 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    Definitely a cool idea. The issue is with the game limits. There’s currently a limit on regular season NCAA games (I think it’s 29), plus an allowance for one in-season tourney a year (or maybe every two years). This tourney, combined with other tournament’s the teams play, would add up to 8 additional games for some teams. It’s doable, but then we’ll have certain teams possibly playing 36 or so games during the regular season (and during finals time), which I’m sure the NCAA won’t be a fan of.



    • HanOfTheBluegrass
      7:11 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

      Except the NCAA will do away with those limits the moment someone writes them a big enough sponsorship check.



    • CW
      2:00 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

      Easy, do the same thing the Maui Invitational, Battle for Atlantis and virtually every other pre NCAA tournament does, and having the losers play the other losers. The losers that play each other will, in theory, provide an entertaining game with top teams. Think of how many top ten teams could potentially play in the losers bracket. The losers games would replace any games that normally would have been played on that date in previous versions of the schedule.



  7. ukkatzfan
    6:53 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    I bet the person that came up with this likes fantasy leagues. There are too many variables to make this work. number of games played, 3-4 teams from one conference. I don’t even like basing it on anything from previous year.



  8. HanOfTheBluegrass
    7:10 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    This requires teams to leave open all those dates until they know whether they made the Sweet Sixteen or not. How feasible is that?



    • Rixter
      10:03 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

      How difficult is it to determine if you were in the Sweet 16 the previous year?



    • ukjaybrat
      7:40 am January 5, 2016 Permalink

      Rixter, just because schedules are not finalized and realized until the summer doesn’t mean that teams aren’t actively scheduling games. some games are scheduled multiple years in advance.



  9. catdaddyd
    7:14 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    Don’t they already have this, it’s called the preseason NIT, minus the double elimination.



  10. Lip Man 1
    10:24 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    This is just a variation of something they used to have in the mid 90’s called the “Great Eight” Tournament. It matched the eight teams that made the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament from the previous March.

    The year UK won the title in 96 they played (and lost) to UMass in this event. They’d get their revenge four months later in the national semi-finals.