Perhaps the biggest change is the plan to reveal all 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament during the first 10 minutes of the show.
The Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament final on Sunday between Davidson and top-seeded Rhode Island may be must-see viewing at Arizona State, Louisville, Syracuse and any other school on precarious NCAA tourney footing.
There are the three mid-major teams, Middle Tennessee State, St. Mary's and Nevada, that have recently been ranked nationally, but failed to win their conference tournaments.
In the Big 12, Oklahoma remains one of the more interesting teams on the bubble.
No. 2 Texas Tech vs. Yet the Wildcats have gone out of the Dance on the first weekend six times in their past seven appearances.
The selections will be released in Alphabetical order beginning with the teams that earned automatic bids. The Sun Devils beat two possible No. 1 seeds, winning at Kansas - a herculean task for a non-conference opponent - and beat Xavier on a neutral court, and they also topped Kansas State and St. John's, before injuries derailed the Johnnies. USC was one of the biggest snubs in history based on RPI.
Any team that outright wins its conference in the regular season is automatically awarded an NIT bid if they aren't selected to the big bracket. That doesn't even look like an NIT team.
The Midwest's No. 16 seed is Penn (24-8), which won the Ivy League by defeating Harvard, 68-65, on Sunday.
Rashard Odomes was the only other Sooners player to reach double figures in scoring with 12 points.
But if the first round Thursday is upset-free, well then we get Kentucky-Arizona and Gonzaga-Ohio State on Saturday with two berths in the Sweet 16 on the line.
The Cowboys dominated on the glass, outrebounding Oklahoma by a 53-27 margin. What Tech lacks in size they make up for in speed and will. Senior guard Jeffrey Carroll had his first double-double since January 20, also against Oklahoma, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Lunardi believes Kansas State and Middle Tennesee are definitely out.