• In this Jan. 3, 2016, file photo, an official holds the ball behind his back during a break in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game between New Mexico and Boise State in Boise, Idaho. Referees undergo nearly as much scrutiny as the teams that want to join in March Madness, with a field of nearly 1,000 that is winnowed to 100 for tournament time. And just like the teams, the refs have to be on their game to keep advancing. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File)

    Referees try to turn heads, earn spot in NCAA Tournament

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Since the first jump ball of the season rose from their hands, the 1,000 or so referees who work men’s Division I college basketball games have been trying to turn heads and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.