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Clock issues in San Antonio?

Don't get bent out of shape over your bracket. If last year taught me anything, it is that no matter how much basketball you watch or don't watch, this is little more than a guess. Texas A&M seemed like the ideal sleeper Final Four pick in the summer. To see its season unravel in a final minute in which the Aggies miss a layup and fail to grab a rebound on about four attempts was difficult. Everyone I was with reacted in disbelief when 1.1 seconds were taken off the clock for that last attempt. Maybe it was the right call, but it didn't seem so at the time after a deflection out of bounds.

Even here in St. Louis, much of the buzz yesterday concerned Tubby. Few weren't shocked by this specific move. The Minnesota beat writer knew something was about to go down because he arrived here the night before only to be summoned back to Minnesota by a late-night phone call. You hear every name from Calipari to Crean to Gillispie to, of course, Donovan. We could have quite the domino effect.

The talk in this region is guards, guards, guards. The UNLV-Oregon game will be particularly entertaining because essentially eight guards should be on the floor when the game starts. My over-under on total number of three-point attempts is 42. The first game between Butler and Florida has a storybook feel, and the Butler kids are embracing the underdog role. But it is hard to figure how the Bulldogs can hang with the Gators late in the second half. The Gators have three starters taller than any Butler player and possess a significant inside advantage. Ball security and three-point shooting theoretically could be the equalizer.

Best game tonight? I'll take Georgetown-Vanderbilt.

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 23, 2007; 9:59 AM ET
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My thoughts about the 1.1 seconds for the deflection: Memphis tipped it, and it hit inbounds, then bounced high in the air and landed in the hands of someone behind the scorer's table. Because it didn't immediately hit the line out of bounds, the entire time it was in the air still runs the clock, because although being in out of bounds territory the ball is still live. I think they made the right call.

Posted by: Ben | March 23, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

The timing was lame, but its like the D-Rays making in announcement in October saying they hired Buck Showalter-who cares, nobody wants to be a Golden Gopher.

What's next? hire alumn Kevin Mchale as their AD.

That'll be the last time Minnesota Men's Basketball is relevant during The Sweet Sixteen.

Go Hoyas!

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | March 23, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

That timing call completely blew!!!!!

Posted by: Craig Hallston | March 23, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Even as a Memphis fan I was shocked to see that much time taken off the clock. But I also noticed that CBS showed the refs running the replay footage against a stopwatch at least three times. That makes me think that they were more right than wrong on the call.

Posted by: TC the Terrible | March 23, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Great call by the refs. The idiot announcers were deriding them, but it was quite obvious memphis touched the ball down in bounds and then the ball bounced into the stands.

Posted by: dc | March 23, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

People would have been pissed no matter what the call was.

As for me...I didn't have a stopwatch near me, but I figured it was going to be somewhere between one second and 1.5 seconds. The ball clearly gets tipped, when the clock should start, then hits in bounds and goes into the air, clock still running, and doesnt hit anything else until somebody at the scorer's table touched it, when the clock should stop.

The whole time they announcers were rambling about it would be a tenth i was trying to figure out what they were smoking. Yeah its a tough break for A&M that it bounced that high, but they already got lucky enough that Memphis touched the ball in the first place, seeing as how A&M had just gave the ball away

Posted by: Legal Eagle | March 23, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

On the Memphis/Texas A&M clock issue:

While I agree that the ball landed in bounds after being touched by the Memphis player, when you watch the play in real-time, the ref blows the whistle as soon as the ball touches the ground, which was probably .2 or .3 seconds after the ball was touched. It doesn't matter if the ref was right or wrong...the clock should stop when the whistle is blown.

Posted by: kenjab | March 23, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the game wasn't the clock issue. It was that Acie Law was bumped and had an arm around his hip on his missed layup (props to Memphis for disguising it well) that was a no call and then the refs have the gall to call a ticky tack foul on the other end with 3.1 to play? That is the travesty of the game.

Posted by: Nikolas | March 23, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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