What's it like chairing the Championship Committee now that your conference doesn't sponsor men's lacrosse?
How have the play in games impacted the travel directives you've received from the NCAA?
Bracketology: Men's Division I, Fifth Look April 29 Inside Lacrosse Staff Apr 29, 2014Second LookNCAA Championship Committee chairman Jim Siedliski is set to oversee his last selection process on Sunday. His four year term is up in August, but in the meantime, he and the committee have a lot of work to do.
Not one thing, no. The regional advisory committee has done a good job to keep in mind that a team's resume is the whole body of work. Being able to put all of those metrics RPI, SOS, Average RPI Win, Average RPI Loss up on the wall is helpful. Those coaches have bought in and they get to pass that messaging Nike Zoom on.
Notre Dame's performance had a significant impact, not just on them, but on all the teams around them and the teams that beat them.
How do you regard a 7 6 Penn State team, 3 Top 20 wins, RPI 19, winners of three in a row, inelgible for the CAA Tournament, as an at large possibility?
It's interesting. I always fashioned myself as a neutral party when I worked for the Big East and we had the sport, but it's different when you get to watch these games and there's literally no emotional attachment. I've seen so many conference iterations, so many jerseys with different acronyms, I've become immune to it. There's profound parity and high level competition this year, I don't think we've ever drilled down as far in advance of the selection meeting as we've been the past few weeks.
addition to the continuity, Siedliski cited the work of the 11 person advisory committee, comprised of a coach from each conference and Dave Pietramala as an independent, which has been issuing weekly reports updating the status of tournament contenders.
they're in pause mode, they have to let their body of work speak for itself. They've had a good season again, they're a Top 20 team and by virtue of that you have them in the conversation.
The Showcase game being played is a unique and creative way to have high quality teams continue to play. It's interesting when the seeds played themselves out, Syracuse and Duke are the two highest rated teams in RPI, and they're playing each other.
I had a conversation with someone from MAAC last week and I know they moved their tournament to Thursday/Saturday to give their team an extra day of rest with the thought that they might be in the play in game.
How do you think the play in games have impacted the way teams have moved forward through their season?
IL caught up with Siedliski on Monday for an update heading into the committee's weekend in Indianapolis and Selection Sunday.
Fortunately, the five person body returns in tact from last season (despite two members coming from different full time jobs; Siedliski, formerly an associate commissioner with the Big East, is now with the AAC and Heather Lyke, formerly an associate AD at Ohio State, is now the AD at Eastern Michigan). Fairfield AD Gene Doris, VMI coach Brian Anken and Hartford associate AD Ellen Crandall round out the panel.
There isn't one thing that's really stood out. RPI is a placeholder, but at the end of the day, it's not the end all, be all. It's a mathematical barometer, but that's really it. There isn't one thing that's separating teams' resumes because there are so many good teams this year and there ares till only eight at larges. Regardless of conference affiliation, we're in the same boat as we were last year.
There have been no specific changes. One thing that's important to keep in mind is that we're only charged with seeding the bracket one, through eight. The number "two" has been thrown around [as in the two flight rule], but it's not an edict. If the bracket bears out four flights, it is what it is. If the play in games are going to bear out some ugly geography sticking to the [fourth lowest AQ RPI vs. lowest AQ RPI matchup], we can change that and have play in one vs. play in three, if it goes from two flights to two bus trips, for example.
We made note of it early on that there were a couple unique situations, Penn State being one they played an intra conference schedule, but were ineligible for their conference tournament. When Nike Metcon Blue Lagoon Release Date
Even though we're only tasked with the top eight seeds, we try to maintain "bracket integrity" throughout, from one to 16. Over the three Nike Lebron Elite 13
years I've been on the committee, I think we've done a pretty good job accomplishing that.
The ACC Tournament has made the last week of the regular season a whole different shooting match. When 'Cuse and Notre Dame were in the Big East, they played the last week of the season. I don't think their Patriot League games have something to do with the play in game, per se, but I think the ripple effect will potentially have an impact.
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How did last weekend's ACC Tournament, in which Notre Dame won the AQ, impact how you forecast the Tournament field?
Since many teams competing for top seeds have finished their league tournaments, how do you see the top of the bracket shaking out?
Similar to how out of conference SOS became a key determining factor in 2012, has a number or metric emerged that you've found particularly illuminating or that might have a surprising impact on the tournament field?
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