It is not very often that I have anything of any particular import to contribute around here (at least not on a meaningful level)... but while driving out in the middle of nowhere today, I was struck by a moment of clarity. I know what should happen in regards to the 68 team NCAA Tournament.
It is thought likely that the 4 play-in games will end up for the 12-seed in each region, acting essentially as a "bubble game" for teams well... on the bubble. I anticipate criticism regarding the length of involvement for those teams that lose the opening round game vs. what they would expect to play in the NIT-- and to answer that, I submit the UEFA Champions League Model. As some of you know (and some may not), the third place teams coming out of the group stage in the Champions League are entered in to the second-tier event, the UEFA Cup. How does this apply across? It's really simple: the losers of the "Opening Round Game," essentially being the "First Four Out" in last year's bracketology become the four regional 1 seeds for the NIT. The end. Insert comments regarding my brilliance below. :