NCAA vice president of men's basketball championships Dan Gavitt told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Wednesday that officials did actually see all available replay angles of the controversial call late in Monday's title game between Duke and Wisconsin, including the angle TV viewers saw on the broadcast that showed a loose ball last touching Duke's Justise Winslow before going out of bounds.
Gavitt's remarks contradict those of John Adams, the NCAA supervisor of officials, who said on Tuesday that the referees never saw on the replay monitor the angle that "everybody saw at home" of an out-of-bounds play that gave possession to Duke with less than two minutes remaining. The loose ball appeared to last touch Winslow, but after officials Joe DeRosa, Michael Stephens and Pat Driscoll met for about two minutes to discuss the play, they ruled that Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig last touched the ball and awarded possession to the Blue Devils, who were leading 63-58 with 1:53 remaining.
"Unfortunately, John misspoke yesterday," Gavitt told ESPN.com after his OTL appearance. "The officials did indeed have the camera angle that was shown on the CBS broadcast. It was the last angle they did see. They likely did not stay long enough with a review to see that angle magnified. But they made their determination based on the two-minute review and the camera angle that was shown on CBS and with that determined that there wasn't indisputable evidence to overturn the call. You need to have indisputable evidence by rule to change the call. The facts are they did have the angle the viewers had."
Adams said on Tuesday he saw the better angle after the referees had left the monitor and considered calling them back to look at the play once more, but decided not to.
Gavitt said he has since spoken with Adams, who is leaving his position after coordinating with officials for his last NCAA tournament.
Duke won the game 68-63 to clinch the national championship.
- Mike Fiammetta