Potential vs. performance seeding 

March, 22, 2007
"Each committee member shall identify not more than 34 teams that, in that member's opinion, should be at-large selections in the tournament based upon play to date."

-- NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship
Principles and Procedures, Summer 2006

"Based upon play to date." Even out of context, it is an interesting choice of words. It references the notion that selection committee members must consider both regular-season results along with the multiple conference tournaments being contested at the same time the committee is meeting each March. Of equal if not greater significance is that there are no guidelines pertaining to what teams might do in future competition.

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