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Report: NCAA Tournament Potentially Expanding As Soon As 2025-26



The NCAA Tournament may expand to 72 or 76 teams by the 2025-26 season.

The NCAA Tournament — which already includes 68 teams each year — may be getting even bigger.

On Wednesday, Yahoo Sports’ Ross Dellenger reported that two models were presented — one with a 72-team tournament field, and one with a 76-team field — to Division I conference commissioners.

“NCAA officials on Wednesday presented to Division I conference commissioners at least two models of an expanded field, one with an additional four teams and another with an additional eight teams, commissioners told Yahoo Sports.”

Dellenger reported that Dan Gavitt presented the models on behalf of the NCAA. Gavitt is the NCAA’s Vice President of Men’s Basketball, and has been since 2012.

“NCAA and conference leaders are targeting the addition of at-large selections as has been done in the past,” Dellenger said. This expansion would likely, according to Dellenger, result in “at least one additional First Four site…”

Pitt last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2023. The Panthers were one of the last four teams in the field, and played in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio. After beating Mississippi State there, the Panthers moved on to Greensboro, where they took down Iowa State in a Round-of-64 upset.

See Dellenger’s full article about the potential expansion here.

Throughout the day, many fans and reporters took their thoughts on the potential expansion to Twitter.


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22 days ago

What, you guys don’t want to see more teams with a 7-10 conference record in the tournament?

22 days ago
Reply to  Eli

I’m fine with more games. Two or 4 more play in games would be cool since no one really cares about the 16 play ins.

22 days ago
Reply to  RonDon
Add more play in game slots for the 7-10 Conference Championship winning teams, based on their full body of work, they shouldn't get an automatic bid. The current model is screwed up!, and steals bids from more deserving teams, like last years PITT team.
22 days ago

Why stop there? Keep expanding till all the D1 teams are eligible.
Just imagine what it will be like when #1 seed Virginia gets knocked off by #356 NJIT

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