Michigan State AD Mark Hollis gives sneak peek at NCAA tourney bracket
Before announcing that it would reveal a portion of the bracket before Selection Sunday for the first time ever, the NCAA made waves when it announced it would meet with analytics gurus, such as Ken Pomeroy and Jeff Sagarin, to get a better feel for how their rankings work, and how those could be a bigger part of the selection process.
Villanova, the defending NCAA champions, was joined by Kansas, Baylor and Gonzaga as No. 1 seeds.
West Virginia was the other Big 12 team picked, a No. 4 seed.
And the Big Ten was shut out of a top 16 seed.
North Carolina was fifth overall in the early rankings with Florida State, Louisville and OR rounding out the rest of the No. 2 seeds.
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The No. 3 seeds, in order, are Arizona (Midwest), Virginia (West), Florida (South) and Kentucky (East).
The idea behind the top 16 reveal is to give teams as well as fans an idea of where their team is at this point in the schedules.
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This year, the closest is the East Regional in NY, and for 'Nova, who won last year as the No. 2 seed in the South Region, that's exactly where they'd decide to play, according to the committee. No. 3 overall seed Baylor, which defeated the Spartans in November, was listed atop the South Region in Memphis.
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University; Paul Krebs, the director of athletics at the University of New Mexico; Bernard Muir, the director of athletics at Stanford University; Peter Roby, the director of athletics at Northeastern University; Jim Schaus, the director of athletics at Ohio University; and Kevin White, the director of athletics at Duke University.
"This is what was requested by the (National Association of Basketball Coaches)", Hollis said.
Kansas was the selection committee's No. 2 overall seed, projected in the Midwest Region that ends up in Kansas City, Mo. Gonzaga is KenPom's No. 1 team, but the Bulldogs are the No. 4 overall seed, and could fall down to the 2-line in the West should they drop a game in the West Coast Conference.
Hollis mentioned Purdue and WIsconsin among other teams who were "in the mix".
CBS host Greg Gubmel said Hollis will return to the network in four weeks for the March 12 show that airs after the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
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