Monday, June 13, 2016

Coaches to examine NCAA Tournament selection process

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Kansas head coach Bill Self have a joint meeting with an official after a double technical foul during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Kansas head coach Bill Self have a joint meeting with an official after a double technical foul during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kentucky's John Calipari and West Virginia's Bob Huggins are among more than a dozen coaches and administrators who have been chosen to examine the NCAA men's basketball tournament selection system.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced the ad hoc committee Monday. It will work with the NCAA in the coming weeks to discuss selection, seeding and bracketing processes.

Previous NABC committees have worked with the NCAA to adjust rules for student-athletes declaring for the NBA draft and to consider the demands placed on athletes' time.

NABC executive director Jim Haney and former SEC commissioner Mike Slive will co-chair the committee, which also includes coaches such as Mark Few, Steve Fisher and Mark Turgeon, administrators Doug Elgin and Dan Guerrero and consultants Dan Davitt and Reggie Minton, among others.


Suzi Marshall 5 years, 11 months ago

Good news. Seems like every year the seeding for the NCAA Tournament are outrageous. No way Kansas should have played 'Nova in the elite 8. No way WSU should have played UK in the second round the year before. It goes on and on every year. The NABC should have put the WSU coach on the project as well.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 11 months ago

Why shouldn't KU and Villanova have played in Elite 8? Villanova was a 2 seed which means they were considered somewhere between the 5th and 8th best team in the country entering the NCAA tournament which is what most people thought about them because they played in a weaker conference.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 11 months ago

Kansas as the top overall seed should have played the 8th seed in the Elite 8. 'Nova was the 5th seed.

Daniel Kennamore 5 years, 11 months ago

Exactly, they were one loss from not only being a 1 seed...but the 2nd overall.

John Boyle 5 years, 11 months ago

Not to mention Nova should have been a 1 seed ahead of Oregon who did not have the credentials for their seeding and it showed when they had to play a tough team. Nova had spent quite a bit of time as the number 1 ranked team in the nation last year but only warranted a 2 seed in the NCAA tourney???? Too much love given to the Pac 12 or Pac 16 or whatever they go be these days.

Tom Keegan 5 years, 11 months ago

Agree with every single word you just typed. I bet that scares you.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 11 months ago

Always happy hear how great minds then to think alike on important issues. Love your articles.

BTW, I heard all about your 200 yard hybrid shot on #16, from on top of the hill, over water and sand to the upper level of the green, 20 feet from the pin. Hope your game is back on after knew surgery.

Armen Kurdian 5 years, 11 months ago

The WSU UK game was probably the most egregious.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 11 months ago

My guess is that this will be an exercise in futility. There is no perfect answer, and whatever they would come up with will also be the subject of criticism once the results are in.

Not that I really care much at this point, I do side with Suzi on the Nova issue. KU was the overall #1 seed, which should have resulted in playing the weakest #2, at least on paper. Since they weren't going to match us against Oklahoma, then it comes down to Michigan State, Villanova, or Xavier. In my book, Villanova and Xavier should have been switched.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 11 months ago

One other thought. Although we tend to focus on the elite matchups, I would bet that these coaches are more interested in seeing more of the "power" schools in the tournament, at the expense of the smaller conference champions. If so, I hope that this doesn't happen. The smaller schools deserve a chance to have their day in the sun, even if it means a blowout to the #1 seed.

Those schools remember their participation forever, while we of the elite schools can't hardly remember who we played, unless we lost to them. All KU fans remember the "Killer B's", Northern Iowa, and VCU from fairly recent memory.

John Randall 5 years, 11 months ago

The "automatic" invitations serve only one purpose: to keep alive the absurd notion that every school in Div I has at least a remote chance as of March 1 to reach the final four and possibly a national championship.

Tommy Tripp 5 years, 11 months ago

I found the most egregious seeding was the Oklahoma AD making whatever side deals he made with other committee members and getting OU a cake walk bracket to the Final Four. OU was the 3rd best team in Big 12 and got a more favorable draw/bracket then both KU and WV. They have to put an end to these AD's making these decisions and have real basketball people making the decisions.

Sean Swindler 5 years, 11 months ago

1) You can't get in the tournament without a WINNING Conf record. Go 9-9 in the B12? Tough.

2) Find a way for both Conf Champs and Reg Season Champs to get auto-bids... maybe conf champs who wouldn't otherwise make it would have to do a play in game? This would increase the # of mid-majors w/legitimate winning records.

3) Strive to have mid-low-major vs high-major if possible through first weekend.

Mick Allen 5 years, 11 months ago

Huggy Bear wants the criteria to be the team that leads the nation in fouls, both those called and those not called, should receive the number one overall seed.

Tom Keegan 5 years, 11 months ago

Mick, Skillful use of humor to bring attention to larger point: Coaches are going to act in self-interest. Put big-name coaches on this committee and they will figure out how to favor the heavyweights. I think the committee should be made up of baseball writers who like college basketball but don't know any of the coaches. They'd be fair and come to it without an agenda.

Mike Riches 5 years, 11 months ago

Or just fans...we're fair and unbiased...

John Boyle 5 years, 11 months ago

I do think it is time to limit the number of teams from each conference that gets in. Maybe that would stop some of the ridiculous "Super" conferences that have no geographic boundries or other common ground from forming. Then you don't have stupid things like Creighton belonging to the Big East. Last time I looked Omaha Nebraska wasn't anywhere near the East. Now that I think about it, half of the ten teams in the Big East are not located in the East in any definition of "East". Besides Creighton, you have Butler from Indianapolis, DePaul from Chicago, Marquette from Milwaukee and Xavier from Cincinnati. Maybe they should think about renaming the conference to something that makes sense but then again the same could be said about the Big Ten and the Big Twelve. I got a little sidetracked. I would like to see more mid majors and less 6th and 7th place teams from major conferences in the the Big Dance.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 11 months ago

Nice humor, Mick.

Tommy, I understand your concern about the OU AD, and I will admit that Oklahoma seemed to get the easiest path. However, in fairness to Mr. Castiglione, the tournament selection chairman this past year, he was between a rock and a hard place, and it is definitely true that when the discussion of OU came up, he had to leave the room. Of course, any "sideline" discussions beyond that, who knows!

It is a terribly difficult job, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt, just as I hope others did back when Dr. Bob Frederick was the chairman many years ago. I don't recall a lot of controversy while he was chairman, but I am sure that there was some. Fortunately, Dr. Bob was a man with impeccable character, and everybody knew it. Pretty good in the courage category too when he hired Roy Williams to come to KU. It is just a shame that he was taken away from us and his family at such an early age.

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