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Breaking Down Changes in NCAA Basketball Tournament Selection
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On Thursday afternoon, the NCAA Selection Committee chair Ron Wellman announced a handful of changes to its bracketing process, effective this season.

No, they didn't get rid of RPI, so yes, you will still have to accept the fact that it is one of the primary criteria evaluated by the committee.

However, the amended rules drastically reduce the restrictions on when teams from the same conference can play each other in the tournament as well as how much the conferences are required to be spaced out across the regions.

On behalf of bracketologists everywhere, this is amazing news.

At first glance, they might not seem like big changes, but let's take a look at what the changes are, how they differ from last season and why it makes the bracketing process much less complicated.

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