So with all the 96-team NCAA Tournament talk for 2011, Joe Lunardi has decided to see what the field would look like if expansion happened next year.
Good news Friars fans (and we certainly need some after the debacle this week), Providence is projected to be a sweet TWENTY ONE seed in the Southeast Region in New Orleans! Their first round opponent? 12 seed North Carolina. Even though the 12 seeds always have the luck against the 5 seeds every year, watch the tables turn after expansion! The Providence Friars will pull off the upset, and the 21 seeds will be new 12!
Even better, the Friars were one of the last teams to squeak by in the new giant field.
LAST FOUR IN
The BIG EAST would get THIRTEEN of the sixteen teams in! Sorry Rutgers, maybe in 2022 when every team gets in after yet another expansion you’ll be dancing!
Anyways, I was kind of hoping to one day see my Friars finally win a game in a real 64-team tournament (I’m 0-2 since 1998), but it appears that dream is fading away. It would suck to see the team only make it in because of expansion, but what can you do? Hopefully in two years the team will be amongst the best 64 teams in the nation, and we can enter the tournament without feeling silly about being a 20+ seed.