Having led the Oakland women’s basketball team to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, head coach Beckie Francis knows what it takes to get her team into the Big Dance. However, on Monday and Tuesday she got an even better look at how the process works as a member of a mock selection committee at the NCAAHeadquarters.
The members work in teams of two to represent the 10 members of the Division I Women’s Basketball Selection Committee. The coaches are briefed and given the automatic bids before starting the process of selecting which teams will receive at-large bids. The coaches follow the same format that the real committee uses in March and once they’ve selected the at-large bids they must seed the teams from one-to-64 before the first day is completed.