NCAA selection committee faces tough balancing act Print
Written by Admin   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 10:23
NCAAB Headline News

 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Mike Slive is getting ready for a balancing act.
The NCAA tournament selection committee chairman will spend the next five days sifting through reams of numbers and stacks of resumes to select 34 at-large teams, seed them properly and figure out where each school should play next week.
The goal: Keep as many teams close to home without providing an unfair advantage - or adding undue travel costs to a school's budget.
Slive realizes the expense factor, because of the economy, may be more important than ever.
``These are trying times for all of us here, for all of you on the call, and for the millions around the country,'' he said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. ``There's no safe harbor from the effects of the current financial situation.''
Not even the NCAA's biggest moneymaking event.
In past years, finding the best teams and filling out the 65-team bracket has always been the top priority. That isn't changing.
which teams play may take on added importance.
Fortunately for committee members, there is both precedent and principle to rely upon.
In 2002, the selection committee adopted the ``pod'' system, a plan designed to reduce travel expenses for schools and fans while also limiting the amount of missed classwork for student-athletes.
It's worked well, but it's nowhere near perfect.
While most schools stay relatively close to home, some still go to faraway places because the committee must keep each of the four regions competitively balanced. Slive acknowledges there are likely to be some anomalies this year too, no matter how much the committee tries to avoid it.
``We've tracked it and it (the pod system) has continuously reduced travel expenses drastically,'' he said. ``Relatively few teams travel beyond one time zone in the current configuration.''
School budgets have never been part of the committee's debate process. So don't expect to see Duke sent to Portland, Ore., and East Tennessee State, the Atlantic Sun champion, sent to Greensboro, N.C., simply because it's more affordable for one school than another.
While the selection committee is permitted to move a team up or down one line for various reasons, including travel or competitive balance, NCAA spokesman David Worlock said no schools have requested a seeding change to save money - nor would the committee likely grant a request.
Instead, Slive will continue to focus on the committee's usual formula: Wins and losses, strength of schedule, road victories, records against the top 50, even injuries or controversies that may have cost a team one or two wins to determine who is in, who is out and where a team should be seeded.
``When a team loses to a team it should not have lost to, that's a note,'' Slive said. ``When a team beats a team that is better than that team, that's a notable win and something that we need to keep track of. I don't think there's any particular factor that keeps a team in or any particular factor that keeps a team out.''
Clearly, there is no substitute for getting it right.
Committee members routinely say a team can play its way out of a bad seed but can't play its way into the tourney if it's left out of the field.
But with the recession deepening and school budgets tightening, the committee faces a tougher task.
It must strike the proper balance in keeping this a nationally competitive tournament and fiscally responsible in these economic times.
``As we head into this weekend, we are reminded of the changes we implemented in 2002, which places teams, to the greatest extent possible, close to their national geographic area,'' Slive said. ``Since that time, most teams and their fans are traveling shorter distances for tournament games. A savings in costs and missed class time. The committee remains committed to this principle to the extent it does not adversely impact fair competition.''

NCAABB Team Pages

Top NCAABB Public Bets

#1 545 Rice 90%
#2 525 Long Beach State 84%
#3 535 Baylor 81%
#4 503 Kansas 74%
#5 798 Colorado State 73%
#6 502 Tennessee 71%
#7 528 Washington 70%
#8 522 UTEP 69%
#9 524 Xavier 68%
#10 548 Cal Santa Barbara 67%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NCAABB Futures

DUKE 10/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.