The use of the official review during the last two minutes of a college basketball game showed its major flaw last night in Wisconsin’s Elite Eight win over top-seeded Arizona.
With under three seconds to go in overtime, Wisconsin attempted to inbound the basketball under Arizona’s hoop when it seemed as if a pass towards Nigel Hayes was obviously tipped out of bounds by a surging Wildcat defender.
And while it might have been a bang-bang call by the sideline official to give the ball to the Badgers, the call was inevitably reversed after one of the lengthiness reviews of the entire 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Badgers fans were stunned after the conference between Bryan Kersey, and Tony Greene and Mike Eades as the call was reversed and Arizona was awarded the basketball with one last shot at winning the game, down by one with the final shot.
Although it soon became null and void, just imagine what sports pundits are talking about today if that final shot from Arizona rattles home and the Wildcats are the ones cutting the nets down on their way to North Texas.
The system seems well-intentioned and the means are to simply get the call right.
As an official, the discussions are constantly about making sure, regardless of how professional or timely it looks, getting it right is first and foremost.
The Zebras blew this one last night … along with a few other questionable ones along the way that somehow looked as if they were hand-cuffing the team from Wisconsin who no one sincerely believed, at least on the national level, had a chance at winning this game in the first place.
Wisconsin likely felt slighted Saturday night. They felt like as hard as they were playing, the whistles kept coming against them and the world was turning it’s back.
It’s the mental toughness of a Bo Ryan led team that prevailed, and after an official review, Wisconsin is still moving on to the Final Four next week.