The LSU Tigers are on figurative tilt. Ever since suspending head coach Will Wade, there’s been far more questions than answers.
One could have presumed, though, that the program would be a lock for the NCAA Tournament no matter what happens to Wade between now and Selection Sunday. Furthermore, the Tigers would earn quality seeding.
The Selection Committee has discussed its role, if any, in how the board will view the program differently with Wade out.
“They’re working through their process. But as far as we know, they’re eligible for the tournament. Then we’re going to evaluate how they perform this week and then make our judgments as it compares to the rest of the field,” NCAA Division I Basketball Committee chairman Bernard Muir said Wednesday. “We’re not speculating on anything. We don’t reserve judgment. It’s really what the team has done, who is available, how we think they’re going to play in the postseason, the NCAA postseason. That’s all we have to go on.”
For the sake of the players, hopefully the LSU Tigers do not get punished for the alleged actions of one man. If reading the tea leaves a bit, coupling this with the Selection Committee’s habit of taking into the account the availability of coaches and players, this could slightly haunt them come Sunday.
All of that being said, barring a last-second NCAA sanction, they should 100 percent earn a pair of dancing slippers.
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