LSU athletic director critical of NCAA postponing game

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva criticized the NCAA for postponing the Tigers’ tournament game against UNC Wilmington on Sunday night, calling it a “ridiculous decision.”

LSU, the top seed in the Baton Rouge regional and the NCAA Tournament’s No. 2 overall seed, was set to take on UNCW in the championship round. However, according to Alleva, the NCAA moved the game to noon Monday without any reason.

Alleva says in a statement that a game isn’t allowed to start after 11 p.m., per NCAA rules, but insists the matchup between LSU and UNCW could have begun at 10:15. Alleva says it hurt LSU’s “competitive advantage” and was “a terrible decision by the NCAA. Period.”

NCAA officials at the Baton Rouge Regional declined comment and forwarded all questions to Alleva.