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NCAA: Officials blew key Zags call

In this March 25, 2016, file photo, Gonzaga's head coach Mark Few argues a call with an official during the second half of a college basketball game against Syracuse in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in Chicago. Few tells The Associated Press Friday, April 1, 2016, that the NCAA called to inform him officials blew the call on a 10-second violation that went against the Bulldogs late in Syracuse's come-from-behind win in the Sweet 16. Refs called a 10-second violation but the 10-second limit in the backcourt should have reset once a player touched the ball in the front court. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)
In this March 25, 2016, file photo, Gonzaga's head coach Mark Few argues a call with an official during the second half of a college basketball game against Syracuse in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in Chicago. Few tells The Associated Press Friday, April 1, 2016, that the NCAA called to inform him officials blew the call on a 10-second violation that went against the Bulldogs late in Syracuse's come-from-behind win in the Sweet 16. Refs called a 10-second violation but the 10-second limit in the backcourt should have reset once a player touched the ball in the front court. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)

For Gonzaga, the timing could not have been worse. Coach Mark Few told The Associated Press the NCAA called to inform him officials blew the call on a 10-second violation that went against the Bulldogs late in Syracuse’s come-from-behind win in the Sweet 16. The turnover came with 1:17 left and Gonzaga leading 60-59. Josh Perkins skipped a pass for Kyle Dranginis into the front court, and Syracuse’s Trevor Mooney deflected it back across the line, where Dranginis grabbed it again. Refs called a 10-second violation but the 10-second limit in the backcourt should have reset once a player touched the ball in the front court/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Does it make you feel better or worse that the NCAA admitted the officiating error that might have turned the Gonzaga-Syracuse game around?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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