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LSU’s Alleva To Serve On NCAA Tourney Selection Committee

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva will begin a five-year tour of duty on the NCAA Tournament selection committee beginning in September.  The actual title of the committee is the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, but they’re best known for their annual work on the March Madness brackets.

“I’m honored to be on it and to represent LSU and the SEC,” Alleva said.  “I think it’s one of the most prestigious, if not the most prestigious, committees the NCAA has, especially when you consider 95 percent of the NCAA’s revenue comes from men’s basketball.”

So what does this mean for the SEC?  Only that for the next five years, Alleva will have to leave the room when an SEC team comes up for discussion.  One study last year suggested that having a representative from a conference on the committee might help land more bids for that league… but it certainly didn’t aid the SEC when commissioner Mike Slive chaired the committee two years ago.  The league received just three bids to the 2009 tourney.


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