NCAA tourney committee seeks more transparency

MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Published:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA is hoping more in-depth explanations give fans an inside look at the tournament's selection process.

For the first time, the selection committee unveiled its list of all the seeds from 1 through 68, as well as the top seven teams that did not make the field. It was all revealed during an hour-long television show.

What committee chairman Jeff Hathaway acknowledges is that schedule strength continues to play a major role in determining what teams are chosen and how teams are seeded.

But much of the process remains subjective.

Xavier athletic director Mike Bobinski, the committee's vice chairman, says Iona, the lone controversial at-large pick, was chosen because it's a very good team that he saw in person and believes will hold up well in the tournament.