"The committee is very aware of everything," Ron Wellman, chair of this year's panel, said on a conference call Wednesday.
When it comes to injuries, however, the committee must depend on trust.
“We have to rely upon what the schools tell us,” Wellman, the athletic director at Wake Forest, said. “We don’t have a
Trying to seed a school with an injury issue, in fact, might be the most difficult task in the selection process.
At issue this week is the back injury to
Kansas Coach Bill Self has already declared Embiid out for this week’s
"Where that puts the Jayhawks next week, we haven't even started those discussions yet," Wellman said. "I can assure that the committee members are aware of that injury."
Kansas (23-8) is still favored to win the Big 12 Tournament this week, but with the uncertainty surrounding Embiid, the Jayhawks have been slotted as a No. 2 (for now) by most bracket pundits.
It helps that Kansas has played three times, going 2-1, with Embiid out of the lineup.
"We'll have the opportunity to see Kansas play a number of times possibly this week in their conference tournament without him," Wellman said.
The committee has had to factor injuries to major players into NCAA seeding before.
The Bearcats were No. 1 in the country but obviously were a completely different team without the nation's top player.
Cincinnati lost to