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Men's Basketball Selections 101 - Committee


Meet the committee

Scott Barnes

Committee chair and director of athletics at Utah State University

Barnes’s term on the committee began September 2010. As chair, he succeeds Ron Wellman, the director of athletics at Wake Forest University.


Other committee members include:

  • Joe Alleva, director of athletics, Louisiana State University
  • Joe Castiglione, director of athletics, Oklahoma University
  • Janet Cone, director of athletics, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Tom Holmoe, director of athletics, Brigham Young University
  • Mark Hollis, director of athletics, Michigan State University
  • Judy MacLeod, executive associate commissioner, Conference USA
  • Bernard Muir, director of athletics, Stanford University
  • Bruce Rasmussen, director of athletics, Creighton University
  • Peter Roby, director of athletics, Northeastern University


What's the committee's role?

The 10-member NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Committee is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the field for the NCAA Tournament. School and conference administrators are nominated by their conference, serve five-year terms and represent a cross-section of the Division I membership.

Committee members spend countless hours evaluating teams during the regular season. They are expected to be experts on the teams within their assigned conferences while maintaining a broad-based knowledge of Division I basketball.




Committee gathers and begins discussions for the upcoming basketball season. Conferences are divided among committee members so person can focus on monitoring assigned teams throughout the season. Each committee member, with the exception of the chair, has approximately seven conferences for which they serve as the primary or secondary monitor.


Committee members attend the NCAA Convention and review what they have seen throughout the non-conference portion of the season. This is one of many conversations the group will have prior to the selections meeting to report to the rest of the committee their observations on a national scale and about the teams in the leagues they monitor.


The committee heads to Indianapolis a month before the real selection to go through a selection orientation process, which includes a scaled-down selection and seeding process, as well as a bracketing exercise. This helps new committee members get a feel for what will happen in March.

Tuesday before Selection Sunday

The committee arrives in Indianapolis for the beginning of the selection process. For the next five days, the 10 committee members will cast hundreds of ballots and engage in debate over dozens of teams until the final bracket of 68 is released on Selection Sunday (6 p.m. EST on CBS).


Did You Know?

Conference representatives cannot be in the room when teams from their conference are being discussed for inclusion, nor are they allowed to vote for them. Same goes for a school representative, who cannot participate in or vote for their own school.

Committee members are assigned to conferences to monitor play throughout the season.

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