The NCAA mock selection committee - made up of 20 members of the media - met this past Thursday and, after 12 hours of deliberation, came up with their Field of 65. The field was created based on games played through Feb. 11, and was based on a set of fictional results and scenarios put forth by the NCAA.
Here's a recap of what the mock committee came up with, courtesy USA Today.
Here's another recap and a bracket of the final field, courtesy Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News, who was on the mock selection committee.
And, finally, here's a more detailed - and pretty funny - recap from MidMajority.com's Kyle Whelliston, who was also a member of the committee.
Here's a breakdown of what the committee came up with. The most interesting development was the fact that Siena and Utah State received at-large bids after "losing" in their mock conference tournaments. Some other interesting results were that the ACC received 8 bids, the Pac-10 received 6 bids, the Big XII and SEC got only 4 bids each, Butler got a 3 seed, Miami (FL) was not only in the field but got an 8 seed, Georgetown was in over Cincinnati, and Kentucky was left out.
The 1 seeds in the mock bracket were North Carolina, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Pittsburgh. The six major conferences accounted for 29 of the 34 at-large spots. The other five were filled out by Davidson, Dayton, Siena, Utah State and Utah. (BYU was the conference winner for the Mountain West.)
Leagues with multiple bids:
Big East: 8 bids: UConn, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Georgetown, West Virginia, Syracuse, Marquette, Villanova
ACC: 8 bids: North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Wake Forest, Florida State, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Miami (FL)
Pac-10: 6 bids: UCLA, Washington, California, Arizona State, Arizona, USC
Big Ten: 5 bids: Michigan State, Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue, Ohio State
Big 12: 4 bids: Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Texas
SEC: 4 bids: Florida, Tennessee, LSU, South Carolina
Atlantic 10: 2 bids: Xavier (conference champ), Dayton
Metro Atlantic: 2 bids: Fairfield (conference champ), Siena
Mountain West: 2 bids: BYU (conference champ), Utah
Southern: 2 bids: Charleston (conference champ), Davidson
WAC: 2 bids: Boise State (conference champ), Utah State