Head of officials on controversial call: Refs didn't see angle TV showed
The NCAA's head of basketball officiating, John Adams, spoke about a controversial play from Monday night's national championship game on Sirius XM's College Sports Nation on Tuesday.
Because it occurred during the final two minutes of the game, referees were able to review their ruling that the ball last touched Badgers guard Bronson Koenig. Replays shown on television appeared to show the ball go off the finger of Duke forward Justise Winslow, however the ball remained with Duke.
"I saw [a better angle] after they had left the monitor, and actually thought about, is it in my prerogative to get up, run over to the table, buzz the buzzer, and tell them to come back and look?" said Adams. "And that's how critical I thought the play was and concluded that this is a job for the guys on the floor, and I've never done this before, why would I do it tonight and perhaps change the balance of the game?"
The replay that was shown on television after the play, which occurred with the Blue Devils leading 63-58 with 1:53 remaining, can be seen below.
"We have been told time and time again, 'Nobody at home will see anything you didn't see,' and I will tell you that is not what happened last night," said Adams. "And that is not an excuse, that's just laying it out for you."
Duke went on to win the game, 68-63.
- Molly Geary