So last week, I wrote a column in response to a few of John Gasaway's Basketball Prospectus articles, in which I was rather critical of some of his ideas. Later that day, I checked my email and, to my surprise, found a message from none other than John Gasaway. He had read my column, found it interesting (allegedly), and said he'd be open to further discussion on the matter.
I must say, I was quite impressed by his courteous, professional response to my criticism. After all, the criticism in question was written by someone posting under a pseudonym on a site named after an illegal drug, so Mr. Gasaway would have been well within his rights to ignore me. Instead, he agreed to answer my questions about NCAA tournament seeding. That Q&A follows after the jump; my questions are in bold.
For those new to the debate, can you explain your problems with how the committee selects and seeds the field?
Judging by your articles on Basketball Prospectus, it appears that you're very passionate about this issue. Is reality-based seeding, as you call it, something you've been supporting for a long time?