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SBD/March 6, 2013/Colleges
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Published March 6, 2013
GOING BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Hollis is on the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Committee for the first time this year, and in Michigan, Gillian Van Stratt reported Hollis on Monday gave listeners of MSU men's basketball coach Tom Izzo's weekly radio show "a behind the scenes look at what that process entails." He said, "It's a lot more work than I anticipated coming in as far as the number of days. But now we're getting into selection week. I'll leave next Tuesday and we'll be locked in a room for about seven days the 10 of us and kind of go through the process." Van Stratt noted Hollis has "been watching a fair amount of basketball in preparation" for the selection process. Each committee member "has seven conferences that they work with extensively, gathering information and compiling a report to be shared with other committee members prior to jumping into the review and analysis." Hollis said he watched "about two to three games per night, at least parts of them." He said, "There's a thing called scrubbing, where once you get into the process of putting the teams in a rank order you'll go through and analyze every team against the one above them and below them. And you'll go through that literally hundreds and hundreds of times throughout the week trying to just get it perfect, trying to get the perfect set." A main concern during the selection process "is the attempt to keep teams closer to home, minimizing travel costs and the effect it has on student athletes." Hollis: "It's one of the surprises I actually had in the process. It very much is (a concern) at the top of each seed line" (MLIVE.com, 3/5). SportsBusiness Journal's Michael Smith two years ago took an inside look at the selection process.