The NCAA mock selection committee - made up of 20 members of the media - met this past Thursday and Friday and came up with their Field of 65. (Why no invite for B101?)
The field was created as if the season ended last week and was based on a set of fictional results and scenarios put forth by the NCAA. In this mock scenario, for example, Georgetown was the Big East champ, Duke beat Virginia in the ACC final, and Iona (not Siena) won the MAAC.
While we don't put a whole lot of stock in the final bracket because it's done in mid-February and since it's put together under fake scenarios, the process of how the the committee selects the 65 teams is very interesting. This year, the NCAA documented the entire selection process - in some pretty intense detail - in a running blog on NCAA.org. Check it out here.
The final seed list (1-65) that the committee came up with can be viewed here.
Their final bracket can be viewed here.
A couple of quick notes we found interesting from the selection process: A team's record over its last 12 games no longer appears on the stat sheets used by the committee, and neither a lost of conference RPIs. Also, the committee first selects a group of "no-brainers" (or at-large teams that are definites) and then breaks down the remaining at-large candidates into small "lists" and analyzes teams against one another that way. The debates about these "lists" are pretty in-depth and lots of factors are considered. In one debate, it was brought up that one reason Dayton might have lost to Rhode Island on Jan. 26 was that the Flyers got sick after "eating bad cheesesteaks."