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Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010

NCAA mulls tourney expansion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The NCAA has met with conference commissioners, university presidents and athletic directors about the possibility of expanding the men's basketball tournament.

So far, it's slow going.

The NCAA started talking about expansion in the fall, along with numerous topics in all 88 championships, and hasn't gotten past the discussion stage yet.

"It's still a work in progress, so there's no further developments or status from (the fall)," NCAA senior vice president Greg Shaheen said. "It's just a series of ongoing dialogues with interested parties, but nothing definitive to even analyze at this point."

It certainly hasn't stopped the conversation.

Many coaches and administrators like the idea of expansion and believe its a necessary step to accommodate a growing game. There are more teams than ever — 347 in Division I — more depth in the bigger conferences and more talent at the mid-major level.

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