The guys making sure everyone plays nicely in the Final Four will have gotten there just like the teams – they will have played their way in.
The NCAA has selected 10 officials to work the Final Four. A different three-man crew will work each national semifinal Saturday, another three-man crew will work Monday's final and there will be one ref who will serve as the standby official for the three games.
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The semifinal officials will be announced Saturday morning; the three refs for the title game will be announced Monday morning.
"Much like the four teams that have advanced to the Final Four, these 10 men were selected to work this tournament based on the evaluation of their performance during the regular season," said John W. Adams, who is in his fourth year as the NCAA's national coordinator of men's basketball officiating.
Adams called the 10 officials selected "the best of the best."
The 10 selected: Pat Adams, Roger Ayers, Joe DeRosa, Tom Eades, Verne Harris, Les Jones, Jamie Luckie, Doug Shows, Mike Stuart and Mark Whitehead.
Officials are chosen for their individual work, not as part of a three-man crew.
Three of the officials selected already have worked four NCAA tourney games this season: Harris, Shows and Whitehead. Four others who have worked four tourney games will not be at the Final Four.
Jones was selected for the fourth consecutive season, while Luckie will be at his third consecutive Final Four. DeRosa, meanwhile, is making his first Final Four appearance, though he has called eight NBA finals; he retired as an NBA ref after last season.
In an effort to be more transparent about the officiating process, this is the second season the officials' names have been made public before the event.
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