The ACC is in the process of holding its annual spring meetings this week on Amelia Island in Florida and the latest news breaking is that the conference will be drafting a proposal to expand the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament yet again.
According to a report from Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer, ACC commissioner John Swofford proposed legislation to essentially replicate the First Four and create a Second Four that would serve as a play-in to the round of 64.
“The idea of having two First Fours, if you will, maybe geographic,” Swofford said. “That’s such a quick turnaround. You could have one maybe in Dayton and one in the western part of the states. But we will be proposing that.”
The conference also voted to propose a rule deepening the 3-point line, a rule to widen the lane and a rule resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds in the event of an offensive rebound. However, they did ultimately wind up passing on changing halves to quarters, another experimental rule tested in last season’s NIT.
The potential logistics of a Second Four haven’t yet been discussed in full detail, but the proposal was sourced by ACC coaches who noted the percentage of Division I football teams who get postseason opportunities against Division I basketball teams.