Bob Frederick is proud of the work of the NCAA Div. I basketball committee.
"I feel I can look anyone in the eye and say we did the very best job we could and picked the best teams," the Kansas athletic director said Sunday after he helped select the 64 teams that will compete in this year's NCAA tournament.
"The only thing I am concerned about," noted Frederick, one of nine committee members who secluded themselves at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Thursday through Sunday, "is the system probably favors the stronger conferences, but that's the way it is. There's nothing we can do about it."
It marked the first time Frederick served on the committee.
"I DIDN'T have anything to compare it to," Frederick said. "I always realized it was a tremendously honest and fair process. We might make mistakes, but it's not because we didn't work extremely hard."
The committee worked four hours on Thursday night. Then it met from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Friday; from 8 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. Saturday; and from 8 a.m. until 4:20 p.m. Sunday. The pairings were announced at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Frederick said the committee voted on all items. A secret ballot was used.
"At times things went very quickly, and at other times it was arduous and painstaking," Frederick said. "We'd spend maybe an hour trying to evaluate one team. We'd request information on teams and go over it."
Frederick said Kansas was a solid No. 1 seed. Other No. 1 seeds were Duke, UCLA and Ohio State.
"I DON'T think it would be revealing anything confidential in saying we didn't spend a lot of time on Duke and Kansas," Frederick said.
He did not have to lobby for six Big Eight teams making the meet.
"I was not a representative of the Big Eight. I was a representative of the Midwest part of the country," Frederick said.
Frederick will represent the NCAA committee at the Midwest sub-regional games in Milwaukee this week. He said his assignment to Milwaukee was not the reason KU was shipped to Dayton.
"If they had put us in Milwaukee, I'd have flip-flopped (with another committee member)," Frederick said.