Bob, I thought you were smarter than that. Because of the variable allocations for placement in the NCAA tournament, it may be critical to go down to the full 8 places regardless of how many teams are there. They aren't going to change the structure of the tournament at the last minute when the allocations are announced the week of the tournament. In the Big 10, those 8 places are completely relevant since there are up to 8 places earning automatic berths to the national championships. It may seem weird (the correct spelling of that word by the way), but it isn't really if you understand the logistics.
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