Selection Sunday is here, as the 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament will finally be revealed.
However, the process of choosing those 68 teams, as well as seeding each of those teams, has not been easy and could change depending on what happens in the conference championship games on Sunday.
No matter what happens, though, the four No. 1 seeds have been set, according to selection committee chair Bruce Rasmussen.
Rasmussen, the athletic director of Creighton University, sat down with NCAA.com’s Andy Katz late Saturday to discuss what the selection committee has gone through during the past week.
When Katz asked Rasmussen if the committee has set the four No. 1 seeds, Rasmussen responded by simply saying, “We have. Yes.”
“I thought there was a strong consensus for all four No. 1s,” Rasmussen added.
It has been widely speculated that Virginia will be the No. 1 overall seed, as the Cavaliers (31-2) won the ACC Tournament. Though Rasmussen wouldn’t say which team will be the overall No. 1 seed, he had praise for Virginia.
“To go through that conference with one loss in the regular season and to win the conference tournament certainly validates Virginia as a very, very strong team,” he said.
In addition, Rasmussen said that the committee has set a 68-team field, but noted that it is susceptible to change based on what happens on Sunday.
“Well, we got a 68-team field, which we might lose one based on what happens with the Atlantic 10 game,” Rasmussen said. “We scrubbed a lot of the field. We certainly talked a lot about the middle part of the tournament and I think we are pretty solid on the one line.”
The Atlantic 10 Tournament title game is between Davidson and Rhode Island. If Davidson pulls the upset, Rasmussen said there will need to be an adjustment in the committee’s bracket.
“First of all, we have to look at where we slot Davidson if they win,” he said. “… We got to figure out where they are slotted and we will see what the collateral damage is from that.”
Lastly, Rasmussen said there were plenty of teams that were considered for the final few spots in the tournament.
“We had extensive discussions about a large number of teams,” Rasmussen said. “The committee is very empathetic about who gets in and who doesn’t get in because for every team that we put in, it leaves somebody out. And like you said, we peeled that onion really, really thin. I mean, those teams were very close to each other and the committee spent a lot of time on that part of the bracket.”
“We looked at how did you do away from home, whether it’s neutral or road,” he added. “How did you do against teams in the tournament? Obviously, we talk about quadrants, but how did you do against teams in the tournament, how did you do away from home and what kind of a schedule did you have?”
Watch the full interview below:
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The 2018 NCAA Tournament Selection Show will air at 6 p.m. ET on TBS.