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NCAA Tournament Expanding to 68, Not 96

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Hallelujah.

The NCAA won't be going to a 96-team tournament after all. It was looking a couple weeks ago that a 96-team hootenanny was a done deal, but cooler heads prevailed.

We're going to have a 68-team tournament instead, which means there will be four play-in games instead of one. That also means three more bubble teams will be able to get in, which is definitely music to the ears of coaches everywhere.

The broadcast rights will be shared between CBS and Turner Broadcasting (TBS, TNT, truTV), meaning that every game from the second round on will be broadcast in its entirety on expanded basic cable. That apparently was a big deal for the NCAA, which rejected a bid from ESPN.