The NCAA Tournament selection committee has convened, and one of the trickiest teams to evaluate this week will be LSU.

The ninth-ranked Tigers, who won the SEC regular season title for the first time in 10 years, will surely be in the mix for a seed as high as No. 2 when the 68-team field is revealed on Sunday. What’s less clear is whether coach Will Wade will take them to the tourney and if fourth-leading scorer Javonte Smart will be allowed to play.

NCAA Division I Basketball Committee chairman Bernard Muir says the 10-member committee will spend extra time evaluating teams with injured or otherwise unavailable players and, in LSU’s case, a potentially absent coach.

The LSU student section waves signs and banners supporting embattled LSU head coach Will Wade in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
The LSU student section waves signs and banners supporting embattled LSU head coach Will Wade in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

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