Dayton, Ohio - Jim Boeheim challenged the NCAA Tournament
selection committee yesterday to consider adding teams to the tournament field.
"I think we're almost at the point where we need to expand the tournament
again," Boeheim said. "I'm a little surprised that people aren't talking about
The NCAA expanded the tournament to 64 teams in 1985 and has kept basically
the same format ever since.
"It's indisputable that there's at least 50 percent more good teams playing
today than there were 15 years ago," Boeheim said. "There's always going to be
teams left out. But I think this year and last year there's been a few teams
that have been left out that could have won some games."
Boeheim also took issue with Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, who is
chairman of the selection committee. Tranghese recently said the committee
would place more importance on strength of schedule when picking the tournament
field. Boeheim said that is unrealistic.
Many mid-major programs-Hofstra, for example-will have trouble scheduling
games against major schools if those teams feel they will be penalized for
playing lesser opponents.
"The strength of schedule is the biggest baloney I've ever heard in my
life," Boeheim said. "It's one thing not scheduling and it's another thing not
being able to schedule anybody."
Illini's McClain Is OK
Illinois forward Sergio McClain, who bruised his shin in the first-round
victory over Northwestern State, practiced yesterday and is expected to be 100
percent for the second-round game against Charlotte.