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Mitch Barnhart named to the NCAA Selection Committee

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Good news in our ongoing quest to have the NCAA not suck so much: Mitch Barnhart has been chosen as a member of the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee, aka the Selection Committee that picks the 68 teams for the NCAA Tournament each March. Barnhart will be part of the 10-member committee for the next five years, something that has to make John Calipari very happy.

“This opportunity to serve is a tremendous honor and I am humbled to receive it,” Barnhart said. “The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee is tasked with setting the field for one of the greatest events in all of sports and I am eager to contribute to that process. I respect my new fellow committee members a great deal and look forward to working with them, as well as (NCAA vice president of men’s basketball championships) Dan Gavitt.”

Last year, Barnhart was very vocal with his criticism of the draw Kentucky received from the Selection Committee, penning a letter in support of John Calipari.

In short, I believe the process of selecting NCAA Tournament teams must be both more transparent and more standardized. The Selection Committee has made progress by revealing the S Curve after the bracket is announced, but it should consider following the lead of the College Football Playoff Committee and release updates prior to Selection Sunday.

Even more importantly, the criteria used must be specifically outlined and prioritized, consistently applied, and clearly communicated. This would eliminate all doubt about what coaches must do in scheduling and what teams must do during the season to reach the tournament.

Hopefully Barnhart’s suggestions will result in some changes now that he’s officially part of the committee.

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5 Comments for Mitch Barnhart named to the NCAA Selection Committee



  1. CalsCats3.0
    11:37 am May 6, 2016 Permalink

    Great news.

    That being said, I don’t think anyone working for a Division 1 school who has a stake in the outcome should be on this committee. 1) How you can expect him to not show bias? 2) Even if he doesn’t, how can you expect the media and fans to not believe he showed bias unless the outcome clearly did his team a disservice?



  2. STLouisBBFan
    11:49 am May 6, 2016 Permalink

    Doesn’t he have to leave the room when they talk about Kentucky (wink, wink)?



  3. Sentient Third Eye
    11:57 am May 6, 2016 Permalink

    At least if we get bent over a chair again next March, we’ll know where to complain.



  4. BlueDeuce
    12:16 pm May 6, 2016 Permalink

    I would love to see a “poll” or “list” of tournament teams published at the start of conference play (maybe halfway through) like the BCS publishes for the College Football Playoff. I think that the committee members would then build the initial “list” and revise weekly…teams will know exactly where they are.

    Then at the end of conference play, the next “list” is the tournament field (no need to publish anything as the actual field would be revealed).

    The moving target annually to set this field has been crazy to say the least…I agree it must be based on the same criteria every year or at the very least, the criteria has to be known before the selection to allow schools to actually develop a schedule to best serve them.



  5. W.C.
    1:28 pm May 6, 2016 Permalink

    Are the Duke AD and the ex-Duke AD both still on the committee?