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College Basketball: NCAA Referees Have Their Own Selection Sunday

Victor JanickiContributor IIMarch 6, 2011

College Basketball: NCAA Referees Have Their Own Selection Sunday

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    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    There are 68 teams in the land of college basketball.  All of these teams are either hoping to make it into March Madness or are patiently waiting for their time to shine.  For each game, there are three people striving to do their best and get their own selections.  There are 96 NCAA referees all waiting for the same thing those 68 teams are waiting for.  

    I, like any other college basketball fan, love making out brackets.  I will even make one out before Selection Sunday.  I decided to have a little fun and select the tournament officials.  Since there are more teams and games this year, I raised the number of officials from 96 to 99.  The intent is that three brand new tournament officials would officiate in the First Four games to give them experience to work from in future years.

    In the last slide I will have already selected the Championship officials.

The First Four in Dayton, OH

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    former NBA official and now NCAA official Sean CorbinBrian A. Westerholt/Getty Images

    In the First Four games in Dayton, OH I have selected the following:

    Les Jones, Pat Driscoll, Doug Sirmons, Dick Cartmell

    Karl Hess, Ted Valentine, John Higgins, Joe Lindsay

    David Hall, Sean Corbin, Randy Heimerman, Bruce Hicks

    The last three listed are the three newcomers and will only officiate in this opening round of games.  The rest move on to their designated second and third round cities.

Charlotte, NC NCAA Tourney Referees

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    Dick CartmellDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

    In Charlotte, NC:

    Dick Cartmell, Ted Valentine, Brian O'Connell, Gary Maxwell

    David Hall, Ray Natili, Sean Casady, Tim Higgins

    Tim Kelly, Gary Prager, Bert Smith, Raymond Styons

    As a note, the first four are crew chiefs in any list.

Chicago, IL Tourney Referees

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    Tony GreeneKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    In Chicago, IL:

    John Cahill, Tony Greene, Rick Hartzell, Don Daily

    James Barker, Michael Irving, Bo Boroski, Duke Edsall

    Michael Greenstein, Terry Oglesby, Rick Randall, Zelton Steed

Cleveland, OH Tourney Referees

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    John HigginsEthan Miller/Getty Images

    In Cleveland, OH:

    Jamie Luckie, Tom Eades, John Higgins, Antinio Petty

    Jeff Clark, John Hughes, Jeffrey Anderson, Paul Faia

    Sean Hull, Hal Lusk, Chris Rastatter, Lamar Simpson

Denver, CO Tourney Referees

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    Karl HessStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

    In Denver, CO:

    Doug Sirmons, Karl Hess, Jim Burr, Mike Eades

    Kevin Brill, Ray Perone, Rick Crawford, Michael Eggers

    Kipp Kissinger, Steve Olson, Ruben Ramos, Mike Thibodeaux

Tampa, FL Tourney Referees

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    Gene Steratore (also NFL Referee)Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

    In Tampa, FL:

    Randy McCall, Paul Janssen, Mike Reed, Mike Kitts

    John Gaffney, Anthony Jordan, DJ Carstensen, Gene Steratore

    John Hampton, Tim Nestor, Mike Roberts, Terry Wymer

Tucson, AZ Tourney Referees

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    an NCAA referee (being pleaded with)Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    In Tucson, AZ:

    Les Jones, Michael Stephens, Tom O'Neill, James Breeding

    Pat Adams, Mike Nance, Rick Batsell, Terry Davis

    Shawn Lehigh, Tony Padilla, Mike Scyphers, Ron Tyburski

Tulsa, OK Tourney Referees

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    Ed HightowerJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    In Tulsa, OK:

    Pat Driscoll, Doug Shows, Verne Harris, Mike Sanzere

    Ed Corbett, Gerry Pollard, Eric Curry, Patrick Evans

    Ed Hightower, Brent Meaux, Steven Pyatt, Lamont Simpson

Washington, DC Tourney Referees

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    Roger AyersKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    In Washington, D.C.:

    Scott Thornley, Roger Ayers, Joe Lindsay, Mark Whitehead

    Tim Clougherty, Kelly Self, Chris Beaver, Joe DeMayo

    Donnie Eppley, Glenn Mayborg, Wally Rutecki, Earl Walton

Championship in March Madness

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    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Before I get to the Championship Game, many of the officials move on from the preceding rounds.  In every region, the first four officials are the crew chiefs and all move on.  Two of the first in the second line also move on.  From there, the numbers dwindle as the rounds get closer to the Championship.

    In the Championship Game for 2011, the three I have chosen to officiate are:

    Jamie Luckie (crew chief)

    Les Jones

    Pat Driscoll

     

    As with brackets, I'll be interested to see how accurate I am.  I'll bet I have more accuracy rate in officials than the actual brackets themselves.

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