In the hands of the judges: Rutgers robbed a chance to advance

Posted: March 10, 2011 by Dan Condie in NCAA Basketball
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Wow.

For those of you who didn’t watch or hear about the fiasco from the Big East tournament game between Rutgers vs St. John’s Wednesday Mar. 9th, watch this:

Obviously, St. John’s forward Justin Brownlee not only travelled with time left on the clock, but stepped out-of-bounds with 1.7 seconds left on the clock. He then proceeded to throw the ball into the crowd (which many people believe warranted a technical foul).

The referees booked it to the locker room without review or discussion of the previous play.

National coordinator of NCAA men’s basketball John Adams commented on the situation calling it “…unacceptable.”

This incident has set in motion a number of heated disputes regarding NCAA officiating. All 3 referees involved in the missed call have been released from further officiating in the tournament and the NCAA is looking into hiring younger officials (the 2 referees that should have called the play were both 60+ years old).

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