Report: At-Large Teams Already Picked
The NCAA selection committee normally has made its 37 at-large selections by Saturday, but this year the committee went public.
NCAA committee chair Jeff Hathaway said on CBS on Saturday that the committee has made its 37 at-large selections. An NCAA spokesperson confirmed this Saturday night. But it’s not considered “strange at all,’” since the committee has been working on the selection of teams since Wednesday, when it conducted its first round of voting, according to the spokesperson.
Based on media mock sessions, leaving all the at-large selections until Sunday wouldn’t give the committee enough time to make the selections.
But the NCAA spokesperson said from Indianapolis that the 37 at-large selections include teams that could end up being automatic qualifiers through their conference tournaments. That means there could be additional at-large teams to fill those slots, according to the spokesperson.