There will be more cooks in the kitchen when the NCAA puts together its next March Madness bracket.
Bryan Fischer of Athlon Sports and CFTalk reports that NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee will grow from ten to 12 members. “Included in the change is also how members are picked, including possibly more Power Five reps in the group,” Fischer said.
That is not what Mid-Major schools want to hear. The addition of the NET rankings’ quadrant system for calculating strength of schedule has already given Power Five programs a leg up over their Group of Five counterparts. Instead of giving more Cinderellas a chance to dance, this move may pave the way for more 18-14 Wake Forest teams to make the NCAA Tournament.
After serving on the 10-member committee for a number of years, UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart will act as the chair of the Selection Committee for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
Once more thing from Fischer worth noting:
More: NCAA leaders have had preliminary discussions on the men’s basketball season actually beginning early this fall with a potential winter break. Growing number of campuses pausing in November is prompting a more serious examination of changing the calendar in hoops as well.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) July 6, 2020