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)

Along the lines of injuries, I think it was three years ago when Syracuse had an injury. They told the committee that somebody was going to be able to play in the tournament that wasn't able to play. How can you be sure you're getting the right information from the schools regarding injuries?

Wellman: “We have to rely upon what the schools tell us. We don't have a CIA operation here where we can go in the backdoor and find out information that they are not giving us. So we do rely upon the school's truthfulness with us and we believe they do tell us the truth. Sometimes it doesn't pan out the way they predict. But they believe they do their best to give us the very best diagnosis. The diagnosis of an injury can change from day-to-day, as well. That could have very well been the case in the situation that you refer to. So we will be in close contact with Kansas and any other team that has an injured player through this week.”

When you judge Kansas with him versus without him, is it truly a matter of their record?

Wellman: “I can assure you in any situation whether it regards an injury or an overall evaluation of a team, the committee not only looks at the victory or the one-loss record, we look at how the team played, who they played, where they played that particular team. So it is a very deep evaluation of a team that goes way beyond whether they won or lost that particular game.”

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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