NCAA selection committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen sat down with college basketball analyst Andy Katz on Wednesday to discuss selection so far for the NCAA Tournament.
When the committee submitted its first ballot, 28 teams were in — a bit higher than normal according to Rasmussen. That number includes teams which are currently playing in their conference tournaments but are considered locks regardless of how they do this week.
“I think one of the reasons for that is we had a lot more communication ahead of time,” Rasmussen said. “The committee’s done a great job and I feel that there was a lot more confidence in the teams that they voted for.”
At this point beyond that, Rasmussen said there are 10-15 teams outside of that group that are in consideration as well.
As a whole, though, the 40-plus teams in discussion right now is lower than usual, Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen then touched on the Big Ten, mentioning Michigan was playing well right now and that the Wolverines benefit from extra evaluation after an early tournament.
“I thought the [Big Ten] Tournament was a great tournament,” Rasmussen said. “The teams that played in the semis and finals really were good basketball teams. High quality basketball.”
Looking at the top 16, Rasmussen, said there will be more movement than there was last year.
Then moving to the No. 1 seeds, Rasmussen said the discussion will begin Wednesday night.
Katz then asked about Arizona State losing to Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament on Wednesday and Rasmussen said it’s evaluated like any other game the Sun Devils play and the committee looks at them the same, which holds true across the board.
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UPDATE from the #Selections Room
☑️Ballots have been cast!
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