Thoughts from ESPN's mock Selection Sunday

Updated: February 26, 2009, 6:21 PM ET
By Jay Bilas
Some members of the NCAA selection committee visited Bristol, Conn., to provide ESPN analysts and others with an in-depth view of the selection process through a mock selection this past Sunday. A room was set up much like the room in which the selection committee will meet when it gathers in Indianapolis to select the teams and bracket for the 2009 NCAA tournament. It was a very interesting, thought-provoking process. Here are some of my thoughts:

• First, the selection committee deserves a great deal of respect and credit for the work it does. It is not easy to make those decisions, and there is a lot of work and thought behind the ones that are made. Being in a room parsing through detailed information is hardly a day at the beach. After 10 hours in that room, I told committee chair Mike Slive that he and his cohorts seem to have dual roles -- as committee members and as hostages.