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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

March 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Officials at the Final Four have an Eastern/Southern flavor

If you use as a measuring stick the officials’ assignments for the national semifinals Saturday in New Orleans, the basketball zebras of the Pac-12 Conference had a year similar to the teams in the league — at least on the biggest stage.

The NCAA released the names of the six officials for the two Final Four games, plus the standby official. Here they are, with the primary conferences they officiate, according to the website Statsheet.com.

Louisville-Kentucky game: Les Jones (referee), ACC and Big East; Doug Shows, SEC and Big East; Joe DeRosa, Big 12 and Horizon.

Ohio State-Kansas game: Jamie Luckie (referee), ACC and Big East; Tom Eades, SEC and Missouri Valley; Pat Adams, SEC and SWAC.

Standby (both games): Roger Ayers, ACC and Big East.

Officials work their way through the tournament much as teams do, being graded by observers for their performance. During the season, officials may work multiple conferences. They’re independent contractors, but most have a couple of primary conferences they work.

I should note — and I neglected to mention on the original post here — that the selections for the championship game Monday night, if they’re made on the same basis as in past years, could include a Pac-12 official. Best chance for that would appear to be Verne Harris, who, as best I can tell, is the only one who works the league with any regularity who did a game in the Elite Eight last week. Statsheet.com lists Harris’ primary leagues as the WAC and Mountain West.

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