Fans of Selection Sunday rejoice!
According to a report from CBSSports.com‘s Matt Norlander, the NCAA has decided not to mess with one of college basketball’s most sacred traditions by opting not to hold a weekly show like they did with the six-week show leading up to the College Football Playoff.
The NCAA’s senior vice president for the men’s basketball championships, Dan Gavitt, told CBSSports.com that the men’s basketball committee decided against a televised show that would unveil some form of official, updated look at how the bracket is currently situated.
“Ultimately some folks will agree with this, and others will disagree, but the surprise of Selection Sunday is one of the things that makes March Madness special,” Gavitt said to Norlander. “Peeking at the presents under the Christmas tree was not something this committee was anxious to offer up at this point.”
With college basketball being played on a nightly basis, it also means a show similar to the College Football Playoff’s version wouldn’t mean as much since things can change so quickly.
“Because games are played once a week, and essentially on the weekends, the rhythm of a weekly ranking is much more tradition-bound in college football than it is in college basketball,” Gavitt said to Norlander. “In basketball, polls come out Monday morning and they can be outdated by Monday [night]. The frequency of games, the number of days, the fluidity there creates challenges around doing a show on a regular basis.”
The committee probably also hesitated after the controversy caused by the College Football Playoff’s version of the show. The CFP had a weekly unveiling the top four teams that were currently in the new playoff model based on how the season was currently playing out. TCU dropped from third to sixth during the final week of the show despite a 55-3 win over Iowa State and many across the country weren’t afraid to mention the Horned Frogs during the College Football Playoff games on social media.
While a show like this is likely inevitable for the future — Gavitt also acknowledged that the NCAA is looking for more attention-grabbing solutions for college basketball — things will be the way that college basketball fans have always enjoyed them in 2015.