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ACC coaches back idea of all D-I teams in 2021 NCAA tourney

There are 357 Division I programs nationally,
 FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 file photo, The NCAA logo is on the court as work continues at The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Imagine an NCAA Tournament with no fans in the arenas. What normally would be thought an impossibility isn't so far-fetched as the United States and the rest of the world attempt to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 file photo, The NCAA logo is on the court as work continues at The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Imagine an NCAA Tournament with no fans in the arenas. What normally would be thought an impossibility isn't so far-fetched as the United States and the rest of the world attempt to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) (KY3)
Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 8:16 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball coaches are supporting the idea of having next year’s NCAA Tournament include all eligible teams in Division I. Numerous league schools and coaches released statements Wednesday about the proposal, which was first reported by Stadium. There are 357 Division I programs nationally, with 346 of those eligible to play in next year’s tournament. Multiple ACC coaches said creating an all-inclusive format would be an incentive for schools as they create the safest conditions possible for returning to play. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called the upcoming year “clearly an irregular season that will require something different.”

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