INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Travel costs will not play a larger role in
determining this year's NCAA tournament pairings than they have in
Selection committee chairman Mike Slive said during a conference
call Tuesday that while the committee is sensitive to the economic
climate, it has a responsibility to the nation to provide balanced
brackets for the NCAA's marquee event, which begins in mid-March.
Slive believes the committee hopes to keep schools close to
their fans, a policy that first began in 2001, but not at the
expense of competitive balance.
Slive also said that the committee will not consider conference
RPIs and will instead focus on each team's resume individually.