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That became Kvancz’s eventual tiebreaker, if you will, when it came time to split a few hairs.

Expanding the field, which now includes 68 teams, hasn’t made the committee’s job easier. When the field was 48, the 49th team complained. When it was 64, the 65th team complained. If it goes to 96, the 97th team will complain. The majority of the field can be picked pretty easily. Determining which of the 12 of so teams should get the last 7-8 spots? Not so easy.

“You can give me all the numbers in the world,” Kvancz said. “One thing I always tried to look at: Would I want my team to play you right now? There’s eight teams left for the last 3-4 spots. Which teams would I not want to play?”

Matchups and seedings often get debated as much as selections and non-selections. Kvancz said seeding was important, but secondary to selecting the right teams. That’s a lesson he learned from C.M. Newton, the former Vanderbilt coach and Kentucky athletic director who served as a chairman part of the time Kvancz was on the committee.

“C.M. said you can play your way out of a bad seed. You can’t play your way in if you’re not chosen,” Kvancz said. “My concern was let’s get the right teams, then let’s get the right seeds.”

Kvancz still keeps up with basketball. If he still had a vote, VCU would be in even if it doesn’t win the Atlantic 10 tournament. Virginia would be one of those final teams that leads to the knock-down, drag-outs. Maryland? The committee doesn’t get to choose the automatic bids that go to league champions. That’s the Terps’ only hope at this stage.

“No matter what the committee does,” Kvancz said, “you’ll get people griping and complaining for a couple of days. Then they’ll play the games. It really is a terrific event.”