In a very entertaining game, the Colorado Buffaloes went to Arizona and seemed to beat what was a previously undefeated team. Sabatino Chen completed an unreal career night with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
But the refs (and this wasn't their first mistake of the night favoring Arizona) defied all logic by looking at the film and deciding that the shot wasn't good.
Here's the film:
And here are the still photos:
Here is another, with the shot clock on the front of the basket (the official one) at 0.1 and the one the side at 0.0. Also note, no red light around the backboard.
And here's the ref calling it good, meaning it would have to be overturned by video evidence:
Arizona went on to 'win' in overtime, keeping their perfect record.
Most REFEREES miss at least 5 or 6 calls per game, enuff said the REFS need glasses and better running shoes.
The ball doesn't have to be out of his hands at 0.01 it has to be out at 0.00 - no one can argue the ball was still in his hand at 0.00
Some clarification needed here - unlike the writer and most commentators, I was AT the game. The last frame where the "ref" calls it good - that is not a ref; it is a fan. Look at the video again, watch the fans, and it is clear to see. What happened is that NO official called it either good or waved it off. So there was nothing to overturn. Also if you look at the replay closely, the scoreboard clock at the bottom is between 0.1 and 0.2 seconds behind the clock behind the basket. On a frame by frame analysis, at 0.1 the ball is still in the shooter's hands. At 0.0, it appears to have just barely left, if at all. They couldn't break it down any further; lacking further evidence and since nobody had called it good; they went to OT.
BTW, there were several calls that went Colorado's way as well; for example three of the four fouls attributed to Arizona's Solomon Hill were clearly NOT fouls at all; the fourth was questionable. And they all were made by the same official - who was clearly the youngest and least experienced of the three in the officiating crew.
@Wildcatfan4life One official did signal it good, get your facts straight. For proof just check Seth Davis' twitter. They blew the call, only zona fans disagree.
@Wildcatfan4life, listen to Katz & Greenberg on ESPN Podcast today and you'll realize how poorly "reviewed" this play was by the officials. They didn't even have a frickin' digital signal to see with the clarity necessary for such a close call. They had the responsibility as officials to seek out a better view of the replay. It was right next to them with the game announcers.
@Wildcatfan4life That is the refs hands up. On my cell phone I saw the replay from several angles and the referee on that side clearly raised both hands to signify a good 3 point try. Now, he might have been saying he was just signifying that it was a 3 point make, but he should never have raised his hands if he felt the shot was not released before the light and clock went off. Now look at the first two photos above (PS, I saw this more clearly from views from the other side of the court), the first you can see separation from all parts of the hand but the fingertips. The clock clearly shows .1 and no light. The next shows clear separation and the clock shows .1 in 2 of the three monitors and the light is not yet on. This tells me that at that instant the clock was expiring, but the ball is already clear. The referees did not trust the equipment that is in place to help them. Instead they chose total visual. It is possible that this is not the view they had when reviewing. The writer does not say whether this was the replay view, or another view that might not have been available to the referees at the courtside monitors. (PS: I am a patched referee)
@Wildcatfan4life Sorry Wildcat fan. You are completely wrong. That shot clearly was off his fingertips before clock ran out. With .1 seconds left, on the official clock, AND there was no red light around the back board, the ball clearly left his fingertips. Now I agree that CU blew a 17 point lead, but how can you say they are the better team. But c'mon man! Third ranked Arizona let an unranked team come into their territory and THEY gave up that 17 point lead in the first place. And you say there was bad calls for both sides that even out at the end. I don't think so! Maybe bad calls on both sides, but more were in favor of Arizona, and you can't assume that some of these bad calls are going to lead to points. The worst call was a clear basket by CU at the buzzer. And most teams that would have went through all that BS to have a basket waved off to put it into overtime would probably have lost just like CU. So my conclusion is that if the PAC 12 doesn't discipline the refs for such a blown call, then it would be worst if the rankings come out and CU (even with the loss) should move to top 25 and AU should move out of top 10 at least. They are not a top 10 team to begin with.
Not only is the PAC 12 NOT going to discipline the refs (who were led by Final Four veteran Verne Harris); the NCAA coordinator of officials John Adams told Sporting News via text that he had seen the replay and that the referees ruled correctly. Here is the link to the article where he states so (link may be incomplete but you can find it): http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2013-01-03/controversial-3-pointer-in-arizona-colorado-game-just-one-of-many-questionable-c
@Wildcatfan4life I am a High School referee and there are always going to be missed calls. I am also not surprised Adams said they ruled correctly. You will never see them criticized publicly by their superiors. Officials are very protective of their brethren. That being said, even on my cell phone watching the replays, the ball left the hand before the light went off and before the clocks were at .0. I am from NH and have no interest in either team. But it is clear that these referees did not have the cahonas (sic) to make a tough call in the home building.
I don't know how people can get on here and say "it's clearly on his fingertips when time expired" when that's exactly what's NOT happening in the photo.
Michael Rogner, you whine more than the Buff's coach, that is your opinion, every pic can be argued, this is not the first time a shot has been argued! The Cats had a bad game but fought their way back, with the help of Buff players missing 5 free throws in the last 40 seconds, the Cats dominated the OT, because they know how to finish, just ask Florida. Get past it
@bskemt Wow, what a good argument. You really put insight into this one.
@bskemt That is the first person to call it right. It would not have been an issue if the Buffs hit their free throws. However, the refs still got it wrong with the replay.
You're no better than the cheating Ref's. I hate teams that take credit for wins that they do not earn, and that are handed to them by the Ref's. Hopefully the polls will take notice to this game and drop a very overrated Arizona team from their ridiculously high ranking. Only cowards take credit for wins such as this one.
@Kev Jones Freakin crybaby!!!
Kev, if you want to talk cheating; go look at the four fouls attributed to Arizona's Solomon Hill. He MIGHT have fouled somebody one ONE of them. The foul given to Mark Lyons late in the game was completely bogus; the Colorado player tripped over his own feet. There are other examples, but I won't go into it. As for "taking credit" - ANY team including Colorado would "take" the win under the same circumstances; are you expecting them to say "No, our bad, you can have the win and we'll forfeit"? All Arizona did was just outplay Colorado badly in the OT session. That is where they won.
Cats know how to win? Yea right!! 3 real victories out of 13 doesn't make you a winner. Giving up 83 to a team with 1 senior and a starting five of 2 frosh, 2 soph, and 1 junior? Get ready for the rest of the Pac-12 with that matador defense of yours, especially when you travel to Boulder and we run you out of the Rocky Mountains and back to that cesspool called Tucson. Mildcats!! Here kitty, kitty, kitty....
The chen open-ur-eyes-next-time shot of his life was ugly. U G L Y. Colorado blew a 17-point lead. They deserved to lose, and Arizona deserved to win.
@ChadRoberts Are you a serious basketball fan? Or just a AU fan? I've been following this on and off throughout the day on sports radio and ESPN and I haven't heard one person agree with the refs overturning the 3 point shot. No worries though. AU isn't going to go too far in the NCAA Tourn in March, if they can even make it through the rest of the PAC 12 season. Maybe next year.
@ChadRoberts Another stupid comment. Basketball is a game of runs, but it is a 40 minute game (at college level). Regardless of Colorado blowing a 17 point lead, the deserved winner is the one who had the lead at the end of the full 60 minutes. In this case, that should have been Colorado. Yes the Buffs clanked 5 free throws in the last minute, so they have reasons for not winning, but Arizona gave them the 17 point lead and blew 5 free throws in the second half as well. So should they have deserved to lose? Of course not. Bottom line is whether the last shot should have counted or not. My opinion as a patched referee is yes. Most who do not have a favorite team (I don't root for either of these teams) in this agree. The picture above clearly shows the ball off the hand before the light went on and all the shot clocks were at 0. You can't get it any closer than this without definitive proof, but there is proof here.
I guess these 3 refs will be looking for a new career tomorrow. Otherwise, there'll have to be "point shaving" investigation for this one.
Sorry - stills do not tell the whole tale. My initial thought was that the shot was good - and I nearly broke my fist pounding the table. However, in ultra-slow motion, it is clear the ball was on his fingertips.
I would not wan to be the ref calling this one, but I believe it is the right call. If it is too close to call, let 'em play. Anytime refs have called the game, someone gets all bent out of shape. In this case, refs let 'em play... I say good choice. Anyone who viewed the earlier "foul" on Lyons would see he was three feet away from the guy who tripped. Calls go both ways.
The refs DID let them play, and the referee signalled that the shot counted!! Then they go look at a replay which is so darn close and they decide to overturn it? Whatever happened to indisputable video evidence in order to overturn a call on the field/court? Refs blew it for sure and it's a darn shame.
@BrendanSchilling Agreed. The ball was on the tips of his fingers. People need to realize AZ came back from SEVENTEEN points down, The CO lead was 11 at the 7 minute mark and 8 at the 3 minute mark. They should have closed it out by MAKING THEIR FREE THROWS! But they didn't. AZ got defensive and made theirs...then proved who the TOUGHER team was in OT.PERIOD. END OF STORY. Y'all haters are a buncha whining bit*ches.GET OVER IT.
It was clearly a good shot, referees blew it. Colorado won the game. Arizona did not deserve to win this game.
if colorado deserved to win the game, they should have held their lead but they blew it. The game in 40 minutes, not 39. Arizona played tough until the end and proved they are the better team.
You are right. It is a 40 minute game, and if the shot were released prior to the expiration of that 40 minutes, Colorado won the game. If not, then Arizona won the game in over-time. That is the issue. Basketball is a game of runs, which means teams often lose a lead because the other team had the last run. But it is who is ahead at the end of the game. In this case, the pictures above clearly show the referees blew it. It is close, but it is still definitive.
the fix was in for arizona ihave watched many fixed games in new york since 1951 this is right up has a homer fix.@hilfan2