The refs and this play will be the centerpiece of the Arizona Wildcats-Colorado Buffaloes game on Thursday night.
Colorado’s Sabatino Chen appeared to have hit the game winning 3-point shot with .1 seconds remaining. However, after the refs reviewed the shot, they determined that it didn’t count.
Here’s the apparent reason the banked game-winning shot never counted for Chen (check the clock behind the basket).
To review: Light, irrelevant. Fact that they called it good, irrelevant. Clock on TV screen, irrelevant. Clock over backboard: decisive.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 4, 2013
Remember,clock above basket is real clock, not one on screen. Also, courtside monitor usually not HD. Viewer at home may have clearer view.
— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) January 4, 2013
Not so fast says NBC’s Rob Dauster.
A ref called the shot good. The monitor review was inconclusive. Should have gone back to original call. Colorado got screwed. OFFICIAL!
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 4, 2013
Here’s the ref signaling the original call of a good basket via @Terrance_Payne.
It’s unclear what the right call was, but Arizona eventually won the game in overtime, 92-82. The potential meaning of this game when March roles around, Arizona as a No.1 seed and Colorado fighting for a spot in the tournament, is frightening. Hope the NCAA committee remembers this play when all is said and done.