Changes flawed, but tourney is idiot-proof 

July, 12, 2010
This new tournament format might work out just fine -- it wouldn't be the first time a committee couldn't screw up this tournament. But the fact is, the NCAA tournament selection committee punted on what was the most fair and equitable solution and did what was in the best business interest of the NCAA tournament. And that is OK.

If it is to be 68 teams (which makes no sense out of the gate), it will be inequitable on some level unless the last eight automatic qualifiers play for the right to play the four No. 1 seeds. For television and for fan interest, the committee chose to make the politically correct choice of splitting the baby.

If there is parity, why would we worry if the last eight seeds play against each other? Well, because there isn't parity and every thinking person knows it. The last eight seeds usually are not among the top 100 teams in the nation, and nobody really cares what happens in a play-in game. That has been proved since the NCAA tournament went to 65 teams in 2001.