Kermit Davis shares his thoughts on the recent NCAA committee proposal to expand March Madness field

On Tuesday, January 3, the NCAA’s Transformation Committee Championship Subgroup drafted a proposal of possibly expanding the NCAA Basketball Tournament to at least 90 teams in the future. If passed, 25 percent of teams would be included in March Madness. The proposal is 40 pages long and will be presented to the Division I Board of Directors at the NCAA convention later this month.

The idea of tournament expansion was among the topics discussed during SEC Basketball Media Day prior to the 2022-2023 season. One of the coaches that shared his thoughts was Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis. Back in October, Davis said he was in favor of expansion, also considering the financial impact it can have on college basketball, while also touching on the idea of summer basketball.

Mere hours after the proposal, Davis’ team fell on the road at Alabama 84-62, Inside The Rebels asked Davis to share his thoughts about said proposal released earlier in the day.

“I’ve always said 96 teams from a long, long time. I sure hope it gets passed. It’s great for the game. Every time they’ve expanded playoffs whether it be in Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA, College Football to 12 teams, every time it just makes it better. There’s a lot of really really good teams. I think it’ll give more Power Five schools opportunities. Like Mike Bianco’s team, the last team in and they win a national championship. There’s a lot of Power Five teams that can get into this tournament and win two and three games. I think that’s what it’s for, kind of getting those six conferences more teams in it. It’ll be great for the fans, great for the players and good for the NCAA Tournament.”

After Wednesday, the Rebels are now 0-2 in SEC play after Alabama knocked them off 84-62 inside Coleman Coliseum. Despite out-rebounding one of the nation’s top rebounding teams 48-39, the Rebels struggled mightily offensively, shooting 35 percent (24-for-69) from the floor, only 8 percent beyond the arc. The Rebels got outdone in the paint with a 38-36 edge. Defensively, they allowed the Crimson Tide to shoot 46 percent (29-for-63) from the floor and only forced seven turnovers, while committing 13 of their own. Ole Miss only led for just over three minutes of the game, all of which in the first half. Once again, Jaemyn Brakefield led the Rebels in scoring with 14 points, followed by Daeshun Ruffin’s 13 points. Brakefield and Theo Akwuba combined for 17 rebounds.

The Rebels will remain on the road this weekend when they face in-state rival Mississippi State in Starkville. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. CT and can be seen on CBS/Paramount+ or listened to on the Ole Miss Radio Network. Inside The Rebels will be available to provide updates, notes, facts, observations and more.

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