'Hardcore Brackets' to air on truTV
Groundbreaking analysis of tourney field to air after selection
INDIANAPOLIS--- In the NCAA's continuing efforts to increase understanding of its processes, the Division I Men's Basketball Committee will unveil the 68 team seed list for the first time.
Basketball Committee chair Jeff Hathaway and vice chair Mike Bobinski will appear on the Infiniti NCAA Hardcore Brackets show, which will air Selection Sunday at 7 p.m. EST on truTV.
The 2012 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will be revealed on the traditional NCAA Selection Show at 6 p.m. EST on CBS and will feature Hathaway, Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr from Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. They will be joined by Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony and Seth Davis, who will be in the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.
What will take place after the Selection Show is unprecedented.
The Hardcore Brackets show will feature Hathaway, a consultant for the Big East Conference, and Bobinski, the director of athletics at Xavier University and next season's chair of the men’s basketball committee, speaking with Gumbel, Anthony, Davis, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.
On the one-hour show, the committee members will discuss "inside the room" details never previously shared, including unveiling the overall seed list that features every tournament team ranked Nos. 1 through 68. Reasons behind teams’ movement on the seed list will be examined, and the committee members will discuss the pros and cons for teams that were, or were not, selected to receive at-large bids to the championship.
“This is a new day that has been years in the making,” said Hathaway, who is in his fifth and final year as a member of the committee. “We continue to add initiatives to increase understanding of the committee's work during selection weekend. We want to explain why teams were selected and seeded as reflected in the bracket and elaborate on the procedures and real-life road blocks that arise during the course of the bracketing process.”
The show furthers NCAA championships' other recent efforts to increase understanding of the selection seeding and bracketing processes, including:
• This week's Super 10 Fan Selection Committee
• This year's weekly, public release of team sheets and "nitty gritty reports" on Division I teams
• The media mock selection sessions, now in their sixth year.
The initiative will ultimately incorporate all 89 NCAA championships throughout the year.