Monday, February 17, 2014

Cats Now No. 4 Despite Referee's Bad Call, Inability to Make Free Throws

Posted By on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Arizona received a double overtime thriller for its 101st birthday Friday night between in-state rivals No. 4 Arizona and ASU ending in controversy and the Wildcats' second loss of the season.

In the last minute of regulation, Arizona's T.J. McConnell drove into the middle of the key and floated up a lay-up that was rejected by Jordan Bachynski. ASU point guard Jahii Carson got the loose ball and dunked it giving ASU a three point lead with 0.5 seconds left in 2OT.

ASU rushed the court like they won their first game all season, while many others were waiting for the referees to call a double technical foul on ASU.

One for Carson hanging on the rim after his dunk and taunting the fans. The other for ASU prematurely rushing the court while their was still time on the clock. Instead the referees didn't even play out the 0.5 seconds and called the game, 69-66.

Now even the refs have admitted that it was a bad call. From ESPN:

A Pac-12 conference official told Sunday night that the officials handed in their standard review of the game and conceded that a call should have made on the play. The conference official said coordinator of officials Bobby Dibler asks for a review of each game and the results of the report came from standard operating procedure.

At least until Wednesday's game against Utah, Wildcat fans are left wondering what if.

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