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March 15, 8:30 PM ET
Chat about the Women's Tournament!

Buzzmaster
  (5:09 PM)

We will be chatting Monday night after the bracket for the women's tournament is released. Resident women's bracketology expert Charlie Creme will be here starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. Then Jane Meyer, the chair of the Women's NCAA Selection Committee, will be here at 9:30 p.m. ET! Join us then!

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:33 PM)

Hey, everyone, sorry for the delay. Trying to do a few things at once. Let's get started.

whosinwhatsit (Los Angeles)

Charlie can you help with green bay over southern cal, maryland, illinois state, arizona state and california? take your pick, they all have better resumes!

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:34 PM)

I wasn't a fan of GB getting in. I think USC is the best of those you mention. ASU and Cal probably never really had a shot. But, I agree GB was a stretch on the committee's part.

P-Diddy (Hollywood, CA)

Could Michael Cooper's expletive back in January, for which he was reprimanded by the Pac-10, have been a subliminal factor in the Committee's decision to leave USC out? It's hard to believe that a team like UNC, which lost 8 of its last 10 games (not including yesterday's cupcake and pointless game), as well as Mississippi State and Fresno State, which USC beat this year, could get in above the Trojans...

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:36 PM)

I really doubt it about Cooper. As far as UNC goes, I know that's a team people are talking about. I think they belong in. The resume is still better than that of most of those teams were are talking about that didn't get in and certainly better than GB, UALR

uconnfanatic (long island n.y.)

why does uconn not play austin peay in the first round as they are the weakest team in the tourney and the only team with a losing record...instead of playing ateam with a 23-8 record??? also why should UCONN have to possibly play #2 ohio state in the state of ohio to reach the final four??? I thought the best seed afforded you more of a luxury...otherwise what's the reasoning for having the best record and overall #1 seed if you don't get the advantages you've earned all season??? thanks!!!

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:38 PM)

Don't get caught up in it's 1vs.64. The 16 seeds are placed where travel is going to be the best for them. It's like that on the men's side too. Which #2 would you rather have UConn play? Dayton is still the closest place for the Huskies to go too and that is what the committee looks at.

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:38 PM)

Don't get caught up in it's 1vs.64. The 16 seeds are placed where travel is going to be the best for them. It's like that on the men's side too. Which #2 would you rather have UConn play? Dayton is still the closest place for the Huskies to go too and that is what the committee looks at.

Matt (Atlanta)

Should the committee be more concerned about using the very flawed RPI for the basis of alot of their discussions and/or perhaps consider a new rating system? For example, when I look at the 1st round matchup between Mississippi State and Middle Tennessee, which I think the committee seeded more-or-less appropriately 7-10, I notice that Mississippi State has an RPI of 50, while MTSUs is 23! I'm impressed that the committee still got it right for these teams but I'm concerned that a flawed system like this makes it much more difficult to accurately assess the strength of schedule and quality wins for opponents of these teams. What do you think?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:39 PM)

You hear the committee say it all the time and its true, the RPI is just one tool they use. In fact the seeding you describe perfectly illustrates that they don't just strictly go by RPI. It does have flaws, but I haven't seen a definitively better one and as long as the committee doesn't lean too heavily on it (which it doesn't) then we should be fine.

Andy (Atlanta)

What BCS teams have the most to fear from their first round Mid-Major opponents?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:40 PM)

I'll go Miss ST. vs. MtSU. off the top of my head.

Alex (Los Angeles)

With UCLA's strong RPI number, strong finish to the season winning 10 games in a row before losing in the conference championship game, why was UCLA given such a low seed?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:42 PM)

I agree thought UCLA was a bit low and I doubt they were a team shifted to accommodate another principle. Don't think the committee was impressed by the competition this season in the Pac 10, hence USC exclusion.

Emmy (Orlando, Flordia)

If UCONN and TN did meet in the Final Four...here could be the possible matchup's.....Alicia Manning & Tiffiany Hayes, Lyssi Brewer

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:43 PM)

Tennessee's size all over the floor does present an interesting matchup for UConn possibly. I'm sure this potential meeting will be talked about a lot for the next two weeks.

Darren (Plymouth, WI)

Charlie what teams suprised you and why?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:46 PM)

GB in and USC out surprised me. I thought Georgia was overseeded and UCLA was underseeded. Miss st a bit overseeded perhaps. Not surprised, but disapointed that A&M, a 2 seed, was sent to Seattle.

Jim (Lincoln)

Your take on Connie Yori for National Coach of the Year?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:48 PM)

I think there are a lot of good choices here. Kelly Harper at NC St did an amazing job under tough circumstances. Of course, Geno. Sherri Coale was great too. Sooners had a ton of injuries. But, yes, the vote here goes to Yori.

Andrew (Cincinnati)

Charlie, please tell me Xavier won't lose in the first round again. I can't it!!

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:49 PM)

I really doubt it will happen this year. E. Tenn St. doesn't have enough size to beat Xavier.

John Turner (Murfreesboro, TN)

Is Middle Tennessee punished for the conference that they play in ? Are they punished for not winning more games against the power conferences ? When will more power conference teams play on the road at the Middle Tennessee's, Bowling Greens, Arkansas-Little Rock's, etc ? The Lady Raiders suffered all losses except the Lady Vols on the road. The Lady Raiders also played 2 less games this year because no one would play us. We did not want to play a low-RPI team. For example, Vandy refuses to play Middle Tennessee but always gets the higher seed in the NCAA Tourney.

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:52 PM)

All valid questions, John, and it's one of the games biggest dilemas. Year's when they have picked off a power team or two MTSU has been seeded higher. They really only had kty this year, which was a good win, but not quite enough. Hopefully what the Raiders have done is get the other Sun Belt teams to raise up a level. That's the biggest thing that would help because, yes, the Sun Belt doesn't help them much when they don't have those big NC wins. Although good sign that UALR got an at-large.

Husky Lover (Pa)

Why does every number one seed play at home except Uconn?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:54 PM)

It's just the way it worked out this year. the sites are pre-determined and the host teams, by rule, have to play there. UConn would have been at home too had Hartford or Storrs been chosen as site like last year.

Matt (Cincinnati)

Pleas explain to me how Xavier wasn't worthy of a two seed. They did what they were asked to do. They were ranked 5th in both polls. They went undefeated in their league and tournament. They played a tough schedule and only lost 3 games. It is not their fault they don't play in a big conference and have the luxury of playing the top teams and be able to boost themselves up if they win. If you ask me they were screwed. I understand what the other teams did but Xavier had a better record and was undefeated. What else did they have to do?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:56 PM)

Matt, I understand some frustration here, but which 2 would you eliminate? It's not that a team doesn't deserve a certain seed, but it's do they deserve it more or less than the others under consideration. The committee can only judge what's in front of them. They can't made determinations by saying "it's not their fault they play here or there." It would have helped them not to have lost to Mich st and Mich

Chester Boyd (Liberty NC)

What did UNC-Chapel Hill do to get in with a losing record in the ACC and losing in the first round to get in ahead of 2 teams in the ACC with better conference records. How can you 20 win team that made the Finals of the ACC be a 9 Seed, meaning N C State

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (8:58 PM)

This is the same issue Dick Vitale seemed to have last night, but remember conf record is only one element to all this and not all conf schedules are created equally anymore. NC had more good wins than MD, which did nothing in the NC. BC lost a lot of games it shouldn't have and was only 17-15. UNC isn't great, but was a better choice than those two as an example.

Anita (Alliance, NE)

How good of a shot do you think Nebraska has? I mean are they legit? How to they compare to UCONN?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:00 PM)

I think Neb is very legit. They can beat anyone in the country...except UConn. But there is no shame in that. UConn doesn't look like it can lose to anyone.

Tony (Indianapolis)

What was your thinking in having Michigan in the field? I know they have the win over Xavier, but that's about all they have to hang their hat on. 17-13 overall, 8-10 in the Big Ten and in 7th place, average RPI, no other major wins...I just don't see it and it looks like the committee agreed.

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:01 PM)

They did and I didn't have a big problem with it at all. I didn't love Michigan much either, but someone had to be that last team in and I just felt they still were better than UALR or GB. But I'm not going to kick and scream on this one. None of these teams had good resumes.

Glenn (Fresh Medows, NY)

OK Switched over from tourney Live...So Charlie, Who do you think were overseeds and underseeds (No procedural bumps please, just true over and underseeds)

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:03 PM)

UCLA under seededGA over seededMiss St. overseededDepaul underseededThat's really it. Everything else was fairly close to what I had, generally within one seed line.

Matt (Atlanta)

I guess I was not the only one surprised by UWGB's selection. It looks like they were already listed as an automatic qualifier on the WNIT's website!

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:03 PM)

REally, now that's interesting. But I'm sure the NIT committee has to do a what if type scenario so they can get it out quickly.

Matt (Atlanta)

It appears the committee did a great job in finding local teams to occupy 1st and 2nd round sites where the host team did not qualify for the tournament (Ky @ Lvl, OSU @ Pitt, etc). But in the past, preference has been given to the higher seeds when assigning sites. This year, it looks like Texas A&M got the short straw having to travel all the way to Washington to potentially play Gonzaga in the 2nd round. Was the policy on how the sites are allocated changed this year?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:05 PM)

It wasn't changed, but that's a legit question. One that I had myself. I was trying to stay on the NCAA Teleconference when we began here to see if that was addressed, but I wasn't able to listen enough.

Jaceral (Raleigh)

A team that does not finish at .500 or higher in their conference NEVER deserves to be in an NCAA tournament. It leaves winners out! I would love to see the NCAA adopt a simple 67% overall wins and 60% conference wins requirement to be in the tournament. Refering to at least UNC-CH in this case.

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:07 PM)

Interesting thought, but if you do that you could run the risk one year of not having enough teams. Plus, a 7-9 record in a major conference doesn't necessarily mean a team isn't worthy of being among the best 33 at-large candidates. Who you play does matter.

Joe (MA)

If James Madison beats Temple in the first round, they will most likely face UConn in the second round. Does the game being played in Norfolk give JMU any shot as it could be a little "Home Court Advantage"?

Mary (Houston)

Charlie-how deep of a run do you think Texas A&M will make? Do you think they could make it to the Final Four?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:09 PM)

FF is a definite possibility. I like A&M have all year.

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:10 PM)

Sorry, tech glitch, but no shot for JMU against UConn.

James (New York)

After the draw came out, Who do you think will pose a problem for Stanford in their region? Can anyone keep up with Appel, Pederson, and Neka?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:10 PM)

Building off last question, yes, A&M has really good guards, quick and that could give Stanford problems. But I don't see anyone before that.

Tom (MD)

Thoughts on Maryland's exclusion from the tournament this year and whether they can turn it around like Nebraska for next year?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:11 PM)

MD can certainly be back next year. They were young. But, they didn't deserve to be in this year.

Glenn (Fresh Medows, NY)

AMEN To Jaceral but I have it lower thanks to some of the shorter conference schedules. 20 wins overall minimum and 500 or better in conference reg season (Tourney wins are gravy for both requirements) I would also like to see some pool rule to prevent 1. BCS teams from avoiding strong mid majors to protect their own chances 2. Cupcake gorging like Cuse and UNC did 3. Suicide schedules that basically gaurentee getting in as long as your above 500 (Call it the Stringer Rule)

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:14 PM)

AGain, interesting idea, but would you really rather have a tournament with Eastern Ill and Cal Poly in it instead of UNC and Miss St? Do we really think those teams are better? We can certainly take this concept too far. And again some years you might not have enough teams.

Rosco (Morgantown)

Hi Charlie,Love your stuff and looking for your thoughts on this. For finishing second in arguably the nation's toughest conference behind the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament (UConn), our Mountaineers head, yet again, to a lower opponent's home court for the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years (New Mexico as a 5 seed in 2008) for a possible matchup with No. 6. Texas in the second round. Where is the justice?Thanks and keep up the great work.

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:16 PM)

That is a little tough for WVA, but keep in mind some #3 was going to get that spot. Xavier went unbeaten in its league (hard to do anywhere). Ok was arguably the 2nd best team during the regular season in the B12, probably the toughest league. The biggest gripe would be Flordia State, but the committee wasn't going to put WVA in the same region as UConn if they could avoid it.

Lanny Newton (Boiling Springs, NC)

What were the determining factors in UALR, Green Bay, and Hartford getting in while Gardner-Webb was left out?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:18 PM)

Gardner Webb profile wasn't nearly as good as UALR or Hartford, but all the teams you mentioned had top 50 or even top 25 wins. GWU did not.

Thomas Denney (Murfreesboro, TN)

Rick Insell promised the fans of the Blue Raiders that he would bring us to the Final Four. Obviously, we couldn't beat UCONN, but do you think MTSU has a legit shot at an Elite 8 appearance?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:18 PM)

It's a possibility. I wouldn't say a good one, but the draw offers a chance.

Matt (Atlanta)

Based on the bracket it looks like the committee veered from recent history by awarding a number of at-large bids to non-major conference teams who lost in their conference tournaments but still had very impressive overall W-L records. Was this a conscious decision by the committee or was it merely coincidence that UALR, UWGB and Fresno State wound up among the last few teams in?

Matt (Atlanta)

I thought it was interesting that Fresno State got in at-large, but USC was left out. Did the committee consider the fact that USC beat Fresno head-to-head in November?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:20 PM)

I think coincedence in a bad bubble year. I was a bit surprised because it does deviate from history. But this bubble was so bad that it gave these teams a chance. But this is the first time I can find that THREE such teams made it.

Jane Meyer
  (9:20 PM)

The committee evaluates the entire body of work. One game is just part of it. The head to head is one factor, it's not the only factor. It's the entire body of work.

Lanny (Boiling Springs, NC)

What were the determining factors in UALR, Green Bay, and Hartford getting in while Gardner-Webb was left out? How do you win 28 games and get left out?

Larry (Arvada C O)

Why the hate for WVU? No other team got screwed like they did... A Top Ten Team.. 2nd in the BE tournament and conference.. and have to play thousand miles away while every other 3 seed at home... Bogus..

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:21 PM)

AGain, which #3 do you switch them with. Someone had to be there.

Drew (Youngstown, Ohio)

I am very surprised to see Tennessee and UConn potentially be matched up before the national championship game. If both teams make it to the final four, do you think tennessee can get the job done and advance over UConn to the NC game?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:22 PM)

It was because the committee determined that Neb was the #3 overall and Tenn was the #4. It's the game that everyone is going to want, I think, except for those other teams in the those regions.

Jane Meyer
  (9:22 PM)

First of all, it's important that we evaluate teams, not conferences. That's important. Everyone is evaluated and reviewed. When you evaluate the resumes of the teams, Gardner-Webb's SOS was 256. They had a loss to a team in the 280s. When you evaluate the other teams, they did well. ULAR was the regular season champion in their division. Green Bay too. One of the things that the committe evaluated was that their best non-conference win was against Purdue. The other programs had some other top 50 or top 100 wins. It wasn't just these teams that were evaluated, it was all of the teams that we looked at.

Sean (LA)

Can you explain Gonzaga's seed? They have a nice team and all, but if I am looking at their resume correctly, it looks like their only win over a team in the NCAA field was over #15 seed Portland State?

Beth (New Brunswick, NJ)

What are your thoughts on the Rutgers/Iowa matchup and if Rutgers can win then a potential matchup against Stanford in Stanford?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:24 PM)

I think Iowa and RU is a toss up as most 8/9 games are, but neither is beating STanford in the 2nd round and the game won't be close.

Jane Meyer
  (9:24 PM)

They had a 27-4 overall record. They were the regular season and tournament champs, they were an AQ team. They earned their seed as they were 12-0 down the stretch. To be honest, their worst loss was to South Dakota State on the road and they were 6-3 against the top 100. The committee felt they earned the top seed.

Edward (Savannah)

Why did Nebraska get the 3rd No.1 over Tennessee?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:25 PM)

Certainly, they did. Believe the committee looks at everything and they have more info than any of us. But head-to-head is not the end all, be all. it's an element.

Jane Meyer
  (9:25 PM)

When you evaluate the two resumes of Nebraska and Tennessee, Nebraska was the regular season champion of the No. 1 RPI conference. They lost in their conference tournament semifinals. They had a good run. Tennessee had a good run as well. They had two losses against Stanford and Georgia against teams in the top 25. Those little bits of information goes into the vote of the committee.

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:26 PM)

True, but there are other factors and we can't forget that these games happen on a court. I saw Gonzaga play in person against ASU and A&M earlier in the year and they are a legit #7 seed. The committee members watch a ton of games too and that's all part of the evaluation.

At-large (Green Bay)

do you think this year was a good year year for mid majors. Green Bay did have a good first half of the year and non confrence schedule

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:27 PM)

Just an FYI, I have about 4 minutes left before Jane Meyer, committee chair has to jump in.

Jane Meyer
  (9:27 PM)

We had a good group of teams to look at this year. We evaluate teams, not conferences. We look at every resume and sees if it stands on its own merit. Green Bay we felt as a committee that earned one of those spots as one of those teams.

whosinwhatsit (Los Angeles)

Charlie, your point about a tourney with Eastern Ill and Cal Poly over UNC and Miss St is well taken but I think the frustration among fans is that UNC(especially) and Miss St have so many more resources that SHOULD enable them to win and even when they don't they are rewarded...meanwhile Eastern Ill and Cal Poly almost have to be perfect to get in!

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:28 PM)

I understand the frustration. It isn't always fair. That's the world we live in and everyone does know the game going in, so these things shouldn't be surprising.

Frank (LA)

You really don't think Rutgers has any chance against Stanford? They played them tough the first game of the season and Rutgers is playing their best now

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:28 PM)

I really don't.

Brad (Internet, Cyberspace)

Would you agree that this year's tournament has the least amount of intrigue in recent memory? Media have been trying to prop up contenders (i.e. Notre Dame) all season long.

Jeff (Oklahoma)

Looks as though Oklahoma received a pretty favorable draw... but as committee do you look at the draws?

Charlie Creme ESPN
  (9:30 PM)

I would agree with that, but enjoy the journey not the destination, necessarily this year. The tourney will be great, don't worry. That's a good way to get out, so enjoy your chat with the committee chair and enjoy the games.

Jane Meyer
  (9:30 PM)

We place the teams in the bracket, institution by institution by seed order. Whatever matchups occur out of that is a result of us following our principles and procedures. An example of that is two conference teams can not meet prior to the regional final. That allows us to move teams up or down the seed line. THat's the only time we're allowed to look down the path, if we need to.

Joan (CT)

Why does it seem like Tennessee always gets a home town advantage, playing all rounds in Tennessee?

Jane Meyer
  (9:33 PM)

First and second round sites are selected about 18 months out and regionals are selected two years out. According to our principles, we put teams the closest to their regional geographic location. UConn went to Dayton as the No. 1 seed and Tennessee went to Memphis as the No. 4 overall. When the teams are put into the brackets, you put them according to the sites hosting first and second round games. Tennessee this year is one of those sites.

Geoff (Knoxville)

Is Fresno State the only at-large team without a single win over the RPI Top 50? And how does a team get in with that resume? I thought you had to have at least 1 quality win.

Jane Meyer
  (9:34 PM)

Fresno State was evaluated with a large group of other institutions. The committee discussed them controlling what they could. Their loss was one game and the committee evaluates the entire resume. There were lots of teams that we evaluated that we had to find that one thing that distinguished themselves.

Barb (Atlanta)

Did the committee give any consideration to Texas Tech? Obviously, by selecting UNC, the committee is willing to take a team with a losing conference record, but is there a point at which that removes a team from consideration?

Jane Meyer
  (9:35 PM)

I think that there were a number of teams that were a part of the deliberations of the committee. It comes down to what did the team do to make it stand out as one of the at-large teams.

Beth (New Brunswick, NJ)

Im just curious as to how you came to putting Rutgers as a 9 seed? I was almost surprised that they were placed so high.

Jane Meyer
  (9:36 PM)

Rutgers earned their seed. They had a very strong non conference schedule. Their last 12 wins were against teams with an RPI of 75 or lower. Those are a few of the factors the committee considered.

Jane Meyer
  (9:38 PM)

We really feel that we have 63 great games. We encourage you to get out there and see these games that are being played near you. We look forward to all of the great games we have ahead of us. There are still tickets available to San Antonio too. So go out there and get some.

Buzzmaster
  (9:38 PM)

Thanks for chatting Jane!