DI Men's Basketball Committee names game officials for 2015 Men's Final Four
INDIANAPOLIS --- The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has approved 10 game officials recommended by John W. Adams, the national coordinator of officiating, to work Saturday’s two national semifinal games and Monday’s national championship game. A three-man crew will work each Final Four game, while one official will serve as the standby official for all three contests.
The NCAA has notified these 10 individuals selected to work the 2015 Final Four, which will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis:
• Pat Adams, Mobile, Ala.;
• Jeff Clark, Cheltenham, Pa.;
• Joe DeRosa, North Canton, Ohio;
• Pat Driscoll, Syracuse, N.Y.;
• Mike Eades, Princeton, W.Va.;
• Verne Harris, Denver, Colo.;
• John Higgins, Omaha, Neb.;
• Bryan Kersey, Carrollton, Va;
• Doug Sirmons, Virginia Beach, Va.; and
• Michael Stephens, Providence, R.I.
“These 10 men represent the best in NCAA men’s basketball officiating, having been evaluated after each game and receiving the best grades,” said Adams. “We look for officials who have great communication skills with coaches and student-athletes, while also getting the most calls accurate while enforcing the written rules of the game.”
Harris will officiate his eighth Final Four, while Higgins will be calling his sixth. This will be the fourth Final Four for Adams, Driscoll and Stephens and third for DeRosa and Sirmons. Eades will be calling his second while Clark and Kersey will be calling their first Final Four.
Saturday’s first semifinal features South Region champion and No. 1 seed Duke facing Michigan St., the No. 7 seed and champion from the East Region. The Blue Devils are in their first Final Four since winning the school’s fourth national championship in 2010, while the Spartans are also back in the Final Four for the first time since 2010 and are searching for their third national title. Tipoff is set for 6:09 p.m. ET. The second game, which will begin 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first semifinal, pits a rematch from last year’s Final Four, with Midwest Region champion Kentucky facing West Region champion Wisconsin. The No. 1 overall seed Wildcats defeated Notre Dame to reach their fourth Final Four in five years, while the top- seeded Badgers defeated Arizona again to reach the Final Four for the second consecutive year.
The officiating assignments for each semifinal game, as well as Monday night’s national championship game, will be announced an hour before each game.