I think eventually to keep interest they're going to have to do this. I think the 36 conference champions should get byes into "round 1" after the 8 worst of the 36 play to reduce to 4 to get to 32. Then 64 at larges play for the final 32 spots. Use the computer at that point and seed them 1..64 and play at the home of the better seed. That's a nice round 100 schools. I think this will include enough mid-major teams and mediocre P5/6/7 teams to keep everyone happy.I don't necessarily disagree. I was kind of fine with the RPI and then started liking KP a bit better because I do think there is more to just beating a 12-1 Georgetown team who refused to play ANYBODY in OCC.
I have absolutely no clue what the NET entails or how it is exactly calculated...but I will agree that it probably somehow benefits the P5 more than it does us...lol.
But this is the conundrum that is college sports now day..both basketball and football (moreso for basketball for sure). Pro sports there's no debate over who should at least get into the playoffs. The system is set up..win and in. But it is much easier to control at the pro level than at the college level. I mean...OSU or Oklahoma for that 4th spot? Flip a coin but someone is getting left out. 24-7 Dayton or 18-12 Syracuse? I really have no answer other than in the name of fairness you expand to like 120+ teams, play those first 1-2 games on someones home court and move on from there.
I'm really curious to see how this NET system works out. FYI, it will update daily. That being said, even under this system it is Wayyyyyyy Toooo early to take anything away. I mean, look at some of these teams ranked on this thing.
If they don't move to include more, the mid-major conferences starting with #8 (usually the A10) on down have no incentive to maintain their level of competitiveness if it's not going to matter. Why bother? Already, 250 schools enter the season knowing that it all comes down to what they can do the 1st week of March. And quite honestly, that's sad. But if you say hey - if you're a top 100 school (give or take) you're getting into the Dance, there's a lot more incentive to schedule correctly and win games.
If you add in the .500 in-conference regular season requirement we've all talked about, and seed the S-curve prior to conference tourneys - we've solved college basketball postseason. But they have smarter people with better solutions.