A look at who is on NCAA selection committee

Several of you have asked me who the members of the NCAA Tournament selection committee are. So I looked it up and here is the list:

Joseph R. Castiglione
Committee chair and director of athletics at University of Oklahoma

  • Joe Alleva, director of athletics, Louisiana State University
  • Janet Cone, director of athletics, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Tom Holmoe, director of athletics, Brigham Young University
  • Mark Hollis, director of athletics, Michigan State University
  • Bernard Muir, director of athletics, Stanford University
  • Bruce Rasmussen, director of athletics, Creighton University
  • Peter Roby, director of athletics, Northeastern University

Matthew Mitchell “grateful” to be in Lexington Region

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky Women’s Basketball

Pre-NCAA Tournament News Conference

March 14, 2016

Kentucky Head Coach Matthew Mitchell

Opening statement…

Kentucky women open in Memorial, can advance to Rupp

UK Athletics Photo

UK Athletics Photo

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – The No. 12 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team has been selected as an at-large team in the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, earning a No. 3 seed in the Lexington Regional. The Wildcats (23-7) will face 14th-seeded UNC Asheville in the first round on Saturday inside Memorial Coliseum. The game will air live on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET.

For the third time in program history and third year in a row, Kentucky has been selected to host the first and second rounds of the tournament inside historic Memorial Coliseum. The games will be held Saturday and Monday. The other first-round matchup in Lexington features sixth-seeded Oklahoma against 11th-seeded Purdue at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Barnhart to NCAA committee: Seeding needs to be more transparent and standarized

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart wrote the following letter on the NCAA Tournament selection process on Monday.

“Our NCAA Tournament draw has, suffice to say, been quite the topic of conversation over the last 24 hours. On that subject, I agree with and fully support our coach.

“Rather than breaking down brackets and making our case, I believe it’s more productive to look ahead. In short, I believe the process of selecting NCAA Tournament teams must be both more transparent and more standardized. The Selection Committee has made progress by revealing the S Curve after the bracket is announced, but it should consider following the lead of the College Football Playoff Committee and release updates prior to Selection Sunday.

Ulis Adds USBWA All-America Honors to Growing List of Awards

UlisLEXINGTON, Ky. – With one dazzling performance after another – the latest of which was an all-time unforgettable afternoon in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game – the postseason honors continue to follow for Kentucky sophomore Tyler Ulis.

The latest came Monday in the form of All-America honors from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The 5-foot-9 Ulis was named the USBWA All-America Second Team. He was joined by Providence’s Kris Dunn, Iowa State’s Georges Niang, Utah’s Jakob Poeltl and Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff.

Alan Cutler will join us on WPBK-FM 102.9 Tuesday morning

Alan Cutler, right, and I have known former LSU coach Dale Brown for many years.

Alan Cutler, right, and I have known former LSU coach Dale Brown for many years.


If you watch any Lexington TV sports, you know my buddy Alan Cutler, the sports anchor/direct at WLEX-TV (Channel 18).

He can be controversial. He can be opinionated. But he can also be right and no one is more passionate about his job than Cutler.

He’ll join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK-FM 102.9 Tuesday from 7:30-8 a.m. (wpbk.com) to discuss a little bit of everything. Certainly we will talk about the upcoming NCAA Tournament and coach John Calipari, a man Cutler has known a long time.

Calipari on pairings: “It’s every year the same”

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky coach John Calipari didn’t change his stance on the NCAA selection committee when he got back to Lexington Sunday night after bashing the committee several times during the SEC Tournament in Nashville.

“Texas A&M as a three (seed) is another way of doing it. Who we’re playing, those teams are, you know, we knew West Virginia would be there. Indiana, North Carolina and we got the toughest path,” Calipari said.

“Stony Brook, I watched that game. They’re good. They’re good. They’ve got a big kid that had 40 points in a game against Vermont, and like I said, I just happened to be laying there and I watched some of the game.

ESPN Analysts Offer Selection Sunday Thoughts

ESPN’s extensive multiplatform coverage of Selection Sunday included instant and in-depth analysis across studio shows on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and ESPN Radio. Rece Davis hosted coverage of the tournament selections on ESPN’s 7 p.m. ET Bracketology presented by Staples with analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg, Jay Williams and Dick Vitale (via satellite). The coverage included analysis, discussion of the field, upset predictions, final four picks and more.

Vitale and Greenberg both picked Kentucky to reach the Final Four.

Kentucky 4 seed in East, could face Indiana in second game

Wade  Upchurch Photo

Wade Upchurch Photo

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Kentucky men’s basketball extended its national record for most NCAA Tournament appearances to 55 on Sunday, as the team was selected as the No. 4 seed in the East Region.  The Wildcats will play Stony Brook, the No. 13 seed in the region, on Thursday, March 17 in Des Moines, Iowa, at about 9:45 p.m.

Earning a No. 4 seed for the fourth time in program history, Kentucky enters the NCAA Tournament fresh off a thrilling overtime victory over No. 17/17 Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference Tournament for the championship title, taking down the Aggies 82-77.  The title was the 29th time that the Wildcats had claimed the SEC Tournament crown in program history.

Kentucky SEC Championship highlights