Tim Weiser
Chat live with Division I Baseball Championship Committee Chair Tim Weiser

On Monday, May 31 the Selection Show will be live on ESPN at 12:30 p.m. ET to announce the 64-team bracket for the 2010 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. Following the show please join us online to chat with Tim Weiser at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET.

Do you have questions about how the selections were made? Here is your chance to ask the NCAA your questions and Tim will answer them live! Send in your question now, and don't forget to come back to the site and catch the live information from the NCAA on Monday, May 31.

Ryan (Alliance, OH): How did you come to the point to make Kent State go all the way to California when most schools are going not as far as Kent State. Was there just not enough room to make everyone happy considering where the 16 regionals were being held?
Tim Weiser: Kent State is a #4 seed and most of the #4 seeds are geographically clustered in the North and East. Ultimately, there are more #4 seeds than sites in those regions and some have to travel outside of their region. In this cast, Kent State (in Ohio) traveling West was deemed more appropriate than sending a #4 seed located further East to the UCLA Regional.

Mike (Akron, OH): My two questions are how do you determine locations of the teams, and then how about the comparison of at-large bids given to smaller connferences. For example, I believe Central Michigan, Kent State, and Toledo is better overall than Florida Atlantic, Florida International, and Louisiana-Lafayette. How do you figure out which schools go in and which ones don't?
Tim Weiser: The RPI is a considerable factor when evaluating teams that make the field. Not so much in where a team is ranked in the RPI but more based on the quality of opponents they play. FIU actually was an automatic qualifier but regardless, Fla. Atlantic, FIU and La.-Lafayette were all in the top-100 in the RPI while Central Mich., Kent St. and Toledo all had RPIs in the 100s. La.-Lafayette and Fla. Atlantic played a total of 32 and 36 games, respectively, vs. the top-100, while the three you reference had a total of 30 games vs. the top-100 combined.

Dorman (Orem, Utah): Why was a team like Utah Valley not considered? The Wolverines are 42-17 and are on a 14-game winning streak, Great West regular season and tournament champs. They are the leading hitting team in the country, and have the nation's top hitter in Jace Brinkerhoff. Went 26-2 in league play - weaker conference, I know, but I submit that many teams in the tourney would not have gone 26-2 in that league.
Tim Weiser: While Utah Valley had a record of 42-17, their strength of schedule ranked 290 of 301 Division I teams and had a 1-7 record against teams in the top 100 of the RPI.

Adam, Centreville, VA: Virginia has been a Top 3 team in the polls AND RPI virtually the entire season. How in the world can you justify them as the #5 national seed? And put Pomeranz/Ole Miss in their Regional?
Tim Weiser: There is very little difference between the teams among the top 8 national seeds. Each of these teams has achieved a high level of success during the year and making distinctions between them is incredibly difficult. Ultimately, the committee makes secret ballot votes to rank teams based on a variety of factors (e.g., RPI, regular season championship, conference championship, non-conference performance, etc.) to seed these elite teams. Note, however, that the committee does not consider coaches polls or media polls as a factor in their decision making.

Los Angeles: How did so many pac 10 teams get in when they had poor performances in their conference. For example: arizona, oregon
Tim Weiser: This was a particularly strong year for the Pac-10, a conference with the highest RPI in the country. A record 8 teams will participate in the championship. It is not uncommon for teams in such strong conferences to have a number of losses in-conference - which created significant debate among our committee members. However, each of these teams posted outstanding non-conference performances against strong competition.

atlanta Ga: What was the logic for selecting North Carolina over Boston College? NC did not even make ACC tournament. BC fought hard in the ACC tournament.
Tim Weiser: Participation in a conference tournament is not criteria for selection to the championship. In the case of North Carolina, the committee considered their full season of accomplishments, including a non-conference RPI of 10 (22-4 record in those games).

Los Angeles: How do you not pick Fresno State who won their conference and beat Hawaii 4 out of 7 on the year.
Tim Weiser: Hawaii is in the championship by virtue of winning the conference championship. While Fresno State did beat Hawaii 4 out of 7 times, the rest of their resume did not merit at-large selection to the championship.

Baton Rouge: Why are you sending LSU to California?
Tim Weiser: One of the committee's policies is not to have teams from the same conference play in the same Regional. Balancing this policy with 8 teams from each of the Pac-10, ACC and SEC makes it very difficult to put the bracket together. So in some cases teams have to travel across time zones to compete.

Michael Omaha,Ne: Hi Tim, I know the world cup is on ESPN this year. Any chance the CWS gets moved to ABC on weekends? I know CBS used to show the championship game and it was one and done. But I would love to see a game or two on National TV.
Tim Weiser: The World Cup will not alter the networks that the CWS is broadcast on this year, but on three days during the Series this year games will be played a few hours later in the day than they normally do. All CWS games will still be broadcast live on ESPN or ESPN2.

Paul (Fresno): Do you think the RPI holds too much weight? Does the formula need adjusting? Fresno State won the regular season crown, went 20-8 away from home, finished 12-5 down the stretch. In 2008, the Bulldogs RPI was 89 going into the tourney, still only 46 AFTER they won the national title. Doesn't that indicate the RPI isn't a true indication of a team's worth? Should a 9th-place team from the ACC and 8th-place from the Pac-10 really get in ahead of them?
Tim Weiser: The RPI is but one factor in the committee's analysis of teams in the selection process. To use an analogy, the RPI is like good pitching on a baseball team: while important, a team also needs good hitting and defense to be successful. Likewise, the committee relies heavily on input of the head coaches on Regional Advisory Committees and other nuggets of information. The performance of teams like Fresno State and Southern Miss in recent years is why the committee labors so long into the night to determine those final at-large selections in the championship.

John (Asheville): Mr. Wesier: What hurt Western Carolina from reaching the NCAA tournament field? I know they reached further to the SoCon tournament than Elon did.
Tim Weiser: Western Carolina also had a great year. While the committee considers conference tournament play in their analysis, it is but one piece of the puzzle in analyzing teams for at-large selection. The committee also factored in Western Carolina's non-conference strength of schedule and performance against the top 50 RPI teams.

John, hammond: Southeastern Louisiana University!?? What happened to their chance??
Tim Weiser: Southeastern Louisiana, with a 40-19 record, had a great season and was very much in the discussion for the final few at-large positions. However, at this point in the process, many teams' resumes begin to look a lot like each other and unfortunately not all of them can be selected.

Josh (Tallahassee): The Noles had a better resume and RPI than a lot of teams who got to host? Why are the Noles aren't hosting, even though they won the ACC Tournament championship?
Tim Weiser: In determining host sites, the committee attempts to place Regional tournaments in different regions around the country while also rewarding teams for competitive success throughout the season. This year, the committee felt that UConn's season and location merited a host site. Florida State, while having a tremendous season, was not one of the top 8 national seeds and is in an area - the Southeast - where several other Regional sites are located.
NCAA.com Moderator: That's all the time we have for today, thank you Tim for the time, and thank you everyone for your questions! Regional play begins on Friday at all 16-sites. Enjoy all the exciting action as we head on the final road to Rosenblatt.