Minutes before Louisville tipped off against Oregon at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the name “Worldwide Wes” began circulating on Twitter among college basketball circles.

Turns out, the influential basketball power broker — actual name William Wesley — was banned from credentialed areas at the NCAA tournament site. USA Today’s Dan Wolken was all over the mini-commotion:

Turns out, Wesley was already in the building, but was barred from entering credentialed areas — news conferences, locker rooms, etc. He was allowed in with a ticket. Wesley has pretty close ties to both Nike — Oregon is a Nike team — and Kentucky Coach John Calipari. Here’s the picture the security guards had.


Wesley was evidently unaware.

CBSSports’ Gary Parrish also brought up a good point.


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