College basketball pocket book: Ohio State’s questionable buzzer-beater win

Nicely, that was a wild week of faculty basketball.

Let’s begin with “The Call” on Thursday night time.

Ohio State beat Rutgers on a 3-pointer by Tanner Holden on the buzzer. The issue although, was that Holden stepped out of bounds, got here again in bounds, caught a move from Bruce Thornton and hit a 3-pointer on the buzzer for a 67-66 win.

The Large Ten issued a press release saying that the decision was improper. The basket shouldn’t have counted as a consequence of NCAA Rule 9, Part 3, Article 1, which states {that a} participant who goes out of bounds of his personal volition cannot be the primary one to the touch the ball when he re-enters the courtroom.

All true.

However the play would not have mattered if Rutgers’ Caleb McConnell had hit the second of his two free throws, or possibly if Paul Mulcahy had closed out faster on Holden. That is on Rutgers.

The officers might have missed Thornton stepping out of bounds. And so they actually did not see Holden exit of bounds and are available again into the play in a cut up second.

Ought to they’ve caught Holden stepping in? Possibly. Nevertheless it occurred so rapidly, and the officers aren’t targeted on that sideline play. One high-level official informed me Sunday that the rule was put in place for gamers who can be stepping in from the baseline, not the sideline.

What ought to occur is a evaluate. I’ve talked to numerous coaches who want to see each end-of-game basket reviewed. The video games are too essential to not get it proper. Sure, there may be human error, and a few performs are taking place method too quick for the human eye. I get it. However game-winning buckets ought to be reviewable. This one wasn’t. If the query was whether or not the shot was a 2-pointer or 3-pointer, or whether or not the shot was launched in time, then it’s reviewable. However whether or not a participant got here from out of bounds isn’t. The officers had been appropriate to depart the courtroom with out checking the monitor, regardless of Rutgers desirous to see the play once more.

But when there’s a change to come back from this occasion, then it ought to be making certain that game-winning baskets — irrespective of how they arrive about — should be checked. This must be addressed within the offseason.

The week for …

Alabama: The Tide received at Houston and have now overwhelmed two No. 1 groups this season — Houston and North Carolina. Love the way in which Nate Oats will get his staff to play with goal and keenness each possession. This was a comeback win at Houston and proved the Tide are within the chase for the SEC title.

Illinois: Wow, what a chaotic week for the Illini. They got here again to beat Texas in OT within the Jimmy V Basic in New York, solely to then utterly fall flat at residence in opposition to Penn State. Brad Underwood had an epic rant postgame Saturday — even making a fart noise to explain the management of Terrence Shannon Jr. Sure, I needed to sort that. Look, Underwood is an incredible coach and motivator. My solely concern/touch upon ripping your staff on this new period is that transfers will not have any fairness and loyalty built-in with a faculty and coach a number of months from now. This type of factor can backfire. Let’s have a look at how the Illini reply.

Cam Whitmore: The heralded freshman for Villanova was out with a thumb damage. He returned for the previous three video games — all wins over Oklahoma, Penn and Boston College. Whitmore is averaging 15.7 factors prior to now three video games.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes needed to play with out their finest participant Kris Murray in opposition to rival Iowa State and Wisconsin. They almost received them each. The Hawkeyes beat the Cyclones and misplaced to the Badgers in OT. That is fairly good for an Iowa staff that’s nonetheless discovering its rotation.

Memphis: SMU switch Kendric Davis scored 27 factors in a win over Auburn to ship a robust sign that Memphis is not going anyplace within the AAC. Memphis wanted a big-time switch and received one in Davis.

UConn: The Huskies are in place to be a No. 1 seed. That is saying one thing below Dan Hurley, who has made it clear that he was going to construct a nationwide contender. Kevin Ollie received a nationwide title in 2014. However Hurley is the closest coach to Jim Calhoun that UConn has seen. Hurley has the depth that the Huskies devoted has grown accustomed to for many years. He nonetheless hasn’t received an NCAA Event sport, however I’d be shocked if they do not go deep this season — particularly as a excessive seed.

Is UConn the very best staff in school basketball?

Is UConn the best team in college basketball?

Mark Titus and Tate Frazier talk about UConn’s spectacular win over Florida and whether or not the Huskies ought to be ranked No. 1 within the nation.

Creighton: The Bluejays have utterly slid with 4 straight losses, culminating with a neutral-site loss to BYU. Creighton must get wholesome (Ryan Kalkbrenner was absent). The Jays nonetheless have the potential to be a top-three staff within the Large East, however the preseason convention favorites are in all probability behind UConn, Xavier, Marquette, and possibly even St. John’s proper now within the pecking order.

Arizona: The Wildcats’ loss to Utah clearly was an anomaly. They had been one thing to behold in beating Indiana in Las Vegas behind the spirited Kerr Kriisa, bigs Azuolas Tubelis and Oumar Ballo, and large guards Pelle Larsson and Courtney Ramey. This staff retains coming at you.

The A-10: Fordham (11-1) is the very best staff within the A-10. And there isn’t any method the Rams are an at-large staff at this juncture. The A-10 is a one-bid league in mid-December. There’s nonetheless time to alter that narrative, however the alternatives are fading.

Louisville and Cal: The Cardinals are 0-9. The Bears are 0-11. Not a lot will be mentioned right here. This simply should not occur, particularly after they have each had purchase video games on the house slate.

The SWAC: Grambling State beat Vanderbilt. Meaning the SWAC has 4 wins in opposition to Energy 5 colleges.

The Mountain West: Three groups on this convention are undefeated, and none of them are named San Diego State. UNLV (10-0), New Mexico (9-0) and Utah State (8-0) are a mixed 27-0, and will all be on tempo to hitch the Aztecs with NCAA bids.

KJ Williams: The Murray State switch has been a significant hit for LSU, together with a 35-point outing in a win over Wake Forest. Hold tabs on his progress.

Antoine Davis: The Detroit beginning guard handed the three,000-point mark. He did it on his tenth 3-pointer of the sport in an OT loss to Charlotte. Davis is the eleventh participant in NCAA historical past in Division I to attain 3000-plus factors.

SyracuseGeorgetown: The sport was on ABC, however I am unable to bear in mind a time when this sport lacked any form of buzz. Loopy instances.

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Andy Katz is a longtime school basketball author, analyst and host. He will be seen on FOX Sports activities and Large Ten Community platforms, in addition to March Insanity and, and he hosts the podcast “March Madness 365.” Katz labored at ESPN for almost twenty years and, previous to that, in newspapers for 9 years.

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