Big 12 basketball: NCAA selection committee considers teams' injuries

Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman, chairman of the NCAA basketball committee, said it will get updates on player injuries before considering where teams should be seeded, where they play.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 12, 2014
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photo - KU's Joel Embiid, who will sit our the Big 12 Tournament because of a back injury, did join the team for a brief shoot-around Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Rich Sugg)
KU's Joel Embiid, who will sit our the Big 12 Tournament because of a back injury, did join the team for a brief shoot-around Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Rich Sugg)

Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman, chairman of the NCAA basketball committee, conducted a teleconference Wednesday concerning the NCAA Tournament selections, which will be announced Sunday:

How does the committee consider the impact of injuries, especially those hurt in the past few weeks?

Wellman: “The committee is well‑aware of those injuries. We will follow those injuries. We will get updates on the injuries. We already received a report this morning about an injury. We will be well‑aware of the latest information and whether that individual is going to be available to his team during the tournament. It is a discussion point with the committee, the injury reports, how that might impact the team. Again, it is up to the individual committee member as to how much weight they want to put on that particular injury.”

Kansas’ Joel Embiid is the highest-profile injury. How do you follow that one particularly? What information do you keep an eye on there, and how does that affect where you put the Jayhawks next week?

Wellman: “Where that puts the Jayhawks next week, we haven't even started those discussions yet. I can assure that the committee members are well aware of that injury. We will be following it throughout the week. We will be in contact with Kansas to get various updates. So we will be in as good a position as we possibly can be to place Kansas in the right seed line and the right location in following that injury and the impact that injury could have upon Kansas. You need to remember, too, that we have seen Kansas play three times without him now. We'll have the opportunity to see Kansas play a number of times possibly this week in their conference tournament without him.”


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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