crusaderpride
Anyone see it? Really crazy and tough to explain. It's on ESPN360 if you get a chance to watch it. Basically Butler lost the ball in the backcourt with 18 seconds ticking down on the clock, while the ball was loose down there, the clock gets stuck on 14.7 seconds. No one notices, and Butler comes down and gets a layup with 1.2 seconds left. The referees go to look at the clock, and after about 10 minutes of talking it over, they declare the game over. Xavier players and the coach understandably go crazy.

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cory_old
i saw it. i actually thought the call at the end of the game was the right call. in when they showed it in real time it seemed like 1.2 or more went by when the clock was stopped. what the xavier coach should be mad about is the bad call on jump the previous posession, the couple of reaches and body fouls they let go or the travel when the kid from butler got up with the ball.
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crusaderpride
I'm not convinced the clock wasn't stopped for more than 1.8 seconds, which would mean Butler's last shot shouldn't have counted. Personally I think the best decision would have been to give Butler the ball in the backcourt with 14.7 seconds left. That's probably unrealistic though.

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vikingck
Apparently the refs actually took a stop watch to it and concluded only 1.3 seconds elapsed when the clock stopped. ESPN did a a running clock and it worked out about the same. They said the ball went through the hoop at 1.2 so the game was over.

But I agree the most fair thing in my opinion would have been to restart at 14.7 but that probably wasnt an option.
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cory_old
formerscribe wrote:


The bad part (with respect to the TV audience) was the fact Mussberger and Knight were confused about the whole deal: they actualy believed that time had to be added for the "stoppage" at 14.7 seconds.


i thought knight really fubared the end of that game, i like knight but he had an off day. he kept praising hayward for the tie up that was actually a reaching foul (which was funny because they kept showing the replay from an angle that clearly showed the foul while knight was talking over the top of it about a tie up. probably first time in his life where knight hasn't said something about an official), the confusion on the clock stoppage as you mentioned, and when the refs were talking, he kept barking "come on" "lets go" "what's the hold up". i'm sure knight just forgot that he was on tv, but it just sounded bad. instead of talking to the audience and trying to figure out what's going on, he's barking at the refs who are no where near him.
probably just an off day, it happens.
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formerscribe
The bad part (with respect to the TV audience) was the fact Mussberger and Knight were confused about the whole deal: they actualy believed that time had to be added for the "stoppage" at 14.7 seconds.?
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