It's not even about the little guys making FF runs, it's about being able to upset the big time programs int he first rd or 2.
-Butler made title game
-Northern Iowa beat #1 overall Kansas and made Sweet 16
-Ohio beat Georgetown
-Murray State beat Vandy
-Villanova needed OT to beat Robert Morris
This was just one tourney last year. It happens every year.
duke has only made 3 FFs since 2000 and only 4 since 1995
Kansas has made ONE FF since 2004
UConn has only made three in their HISTORY
Ohio State has made 2 in the past 30-40 years
Pitt has made one- back in 1941!
Notre Dame has made ONE FF in their history(1978)
So who is making all these FFs then?
The little guy helps the ratings the first weekend, that's what most people tune in for. In most years most big guys will advance but there will still be some huge upsets the first weekend.
Who cares if people know who is on Wofford? what does that have to do w/ anything? That makes it even more interesting when a no name program upsets a big time program.
Taking it down to 16 would be asinine and ruin the best sporting event around. It's like having a computer figure out who is playing for the national Championship rather than teams earning that right on the field.
The NBA sucks! part of the reason is b/c players aren't ready to play in the NBA when they leave college too early. last years NBA Finals was the worst basketball I have ever seen in a postseason format. The NCAA was awful last year too, players leaving early has hurt both sports but the NCAA is more about the teams not the players so it is hurt less than the NBA where it's more about the player than the teams.