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Gonzaga is projected as the No. 1 seed in the West Region. For now.
The NCAA has made another significant adjustment to the ranking system used for seeding and selecting NCAA Tournament teams. Once again, Gonzaga coach Mark Few was one of the leading proponents for change, the latest sending the antiquated Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) to the sideline while inserting the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET).
It couldn’t happen again. No. 6 Gonzaga awarded a sixth seed by the NCAA selection committee? It happened in 2002, with television cameras catching the stunned looks on the Zags’ faces as Gonzaga’s name popped up on the bracket.
Gonzaga has never been easy to gauge for the NCAA Tournament selection committee and it seems little has changed under the committee’s new guidelines.
The suits who guard the guest list for college basketball’s big party embody a little of the doofy high school principal trying to be down with the kids.
Advanced metrics years ago found a role inside most college basketball programs. Next they could influence the way the NCAA tournament selection committee scrutinizes teams under consideration for the field of 68, considered a positive development for Gonzaga.
The College Football Playoff selection committee will wait until after the Army-Navy game is played to complete the New Year’s Six bowl lineup if it determines the outcome of that game should be factored into the pairings. College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock told The Associated Press that only the bowl spots impacted by the Army-Navy game will be left open until after the game. Army and Navy traiditionally play the Saturday after the selection committee picks the teams to play in the national semifinals and helps fill open spots in four other marquee bowl games. Associated Press