Of course all the coaches favor expanding the field it helps more of them get in which is important to their job security. I'm fine with going to a First 8 but no further. Let's face it, before we became an annual bubble team we wouldn't care at all about this.
I would much rather cut down the field back to 64 than expand it to 72. I've never once watched the tournament and thought to myself "man, this thing sure could use more 18-13 teams to be more exciting."
(yes I know it helped us last year, but I'm thinking big picture)
This kinda feels like a Participation Trophy kind of movement.
But, as mentioned in the article, it's really just '1%' more teams from the overall field. Not going to change the tournament in any profound manner, but in ten years, there will be another rationale to add even more... I'd rather have it at 64 and be done with it.
I would prefer they go back to 64 but it doesn't greatly bother me at 72. I would like the regular season and the standard to get get a little higher but so be it. I would also be concerned that this would just turn into 4 additional P5+BE schools getting in each year. That being said those teams would not be awful.
I think 96 is where I would throw up my arms and say this is too much.