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Expanding the field to 80 teams

Increasing the number of at-large bids to 49 instead of the current 37.

All 31 automatic bids would receive a bye into the round of 64.

The top 17 highest ranked at-large bids and the top 15 highest ranked automatic bids would be among top 8 seeds in each regional. The 16 lowest ranked automatic bids would be seeded 13 thru 16.

The other 32 at-large bids would play for the 9th thru 12th seeds.

The 1st round would be played Tuesday thru Friday, the round of 64 on Saturday and Sunday, the round of 32 on the following Monday thru Thursday, the sweet 16 on Saturday and Sunday, the regional finals on the following Monday thru Thursday. The Final Four and National Championship Game would be played as usual, on Saturday and Monday.

The NIT could choose their field of 32 from among the 48 1st and 2nd round losers, although that would mean starting a week later than usual.

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