Anatomy Of "The Bracket"

By Chris Lauderback on February 12, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Recently, a group of 20 sportswriters were brought together to take part in a simulation of Selection Saturday. The group was responsible for creating a mock bracket under the same conditions and time constraints as faced by the real NCAA selection committee and it produced some very interesting perspectives. Based on the articles written by those who took part, it was certainly an eye opening experience illustrating just how difficult it must be to decide who's in and who's out.

Pat Forde of the Worldwide Leader has an interesting take on the process and notes that no consideration is given to the number of bids received by each conference. Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News breaks down the chronological order of Bracketology and how the committee works to keep schools close to home in the opening rounds. ESPN's Andy Katz touches on the process of constant polling or balloting of the committee members to build a consensus for some teams while dooming others to the NIT. Also, just in case you were wondering, OSU AD Gene Smith will serve on the 10 person committee this year.

Finally, take a peak at the mock bracket resulting from the weekend simulation.