It seems like Joe Lunardi, ESPN’s Resident Bracketologist, is in agreement with me noting that the proposed 96 team structure does nothing to improve the Patriot League’s chances of landing more than one team into the Big Dance. Here’s his view of how the 96 teams would shake out next year should expansion occur. Yes, I know it’s premature to say the least, but a fun read nonetheless.
Lehigh (and I assume any other PL champion) would go as the league’s lone representative and face UTEP in a 24 vs. 9 game. The winner would get Marquette, an 8 seed, who sat-out Round One play.
The Big East and ACC place a combined 25 teams into the tournament.