The Debacle in Hinkle. #17 Butler 69, Xavier 68. The story over the weekend was the bizarre and (some say) unconscionable ending to the Butler-Xavier game on Saturday afternoon. If you somehow missed it, check out our post on the subject from last night. We pretty much agree that the referee crew followed the rules as they’re written, but that the rules as they’re written pretty much suck in a situation such as this. RTC Live was there, and as our correspondent wrote at the time:
That would be one ballsy crew to take a full second OFF the clock against a visitor down by 1 point. HUGE controversy WOW…. I have been doing bball for years and I cannot believe that they just did that?!?!?!?!?!”
Ballsy they were, but also correct by the letter of the law. Unfortunately for Xavier and Chris Mack, the Musketeers were left holding the bag when a timing error led them to believe they’d have a final shot to win the game. The NCAA needs to step up and immediately clarify this rule, including what kind of stopwatch can and cannot be used to estimate the time so that we’re not faced with an equally ridiculous ending on a much bigger stage later this year.
#6 West Virginia 80, Cleveland State 78. CSU’s pressure defense harassed WVU into eleven second-half turnovers, erasing a 17-pt lead and forcing the Mountaineers to the wire before Huggins’ team finally found a seam in the press to win the game on a layup with 1.1 seconds remaining. Kevin Jones had 23/4 and Da’Sean Butler 18/9/5 assts, while CSU was led by Norris Coles’ 29/5/4 assts.
12/21 - College Hoops Week in Review: Slow week capped off by a wild Saturday--Ballin' is a Habit
GAME OF THE WEEK: Butler 69, Xavier 68
We've already gone over the controversial ending to this game in detail, and after read multiple different view points, we still believe the refs made the correct decision based on the current rules.
The sad part is that this was actually a great game. Butler went up big early before allowing the Musketeers back into the game. Xavier took control in the second half before Butler regained the lead. A back and forth last three minutes led to a wild final 30 seconds.
The point I haven't seen made yet is that while is obviously sucks losing a game this way, it probably would have sucked just as much if they lost after missing a heave from half court (which is, in all likelihood, what would have happened).
Also good this week:
* West Virginia 80, Cleveland State 78: Cleveland State over came a big deficit by zoning and pressing the Mountaineers, but after the Vikings finally tied the game with 13 seconds left, Kevin Jones found a streaking Da'Sean Butler for a layup with 1.2 seconds left to give West Virginia the win.
Red Line Lounge, Week 06--The Mid-Majority
TMM A.M. - December 21, 2009--The Mid-Majority
The Bittersweet-ness Continues: If you think the emotions quickly faded after the bizarre ending to Saturday's Butler-Xavier game, think again. Sunday afternoon in both Indianapolis and Cincinnati, two markets with NFL franchises, stories were still popping up on the internet about the unfortunate circumstances. Bob Kravitz ultimately feels the refs got it right. Meanwhile, Chick Ludwig writes that Xavier got jobbed. And, not surprisingly, Kyle and I discussed it as well. On a related note, several people commented following the game about how difficult it might be for Butler to try and bring non-conference teams into Hinkle Fieldhouse after such a situation. All I know is this...Xavier will be back in two years. That should be...ummm, fun.
Butler Knocks Off Xavier in Dramatic Fashion--Hoopville
The Game Ball Goes To The Timekeeper--Deadspin
Xavier deserved a final shot--Beyond The Arc
Timekeeper errors leads to contoversial Xavier-Butler ending--rivals.com
Xavier offers to pay for damages--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler Visits Red-Hot UAB For Final Pre-Christmas Tilt--ButlerSports.com
Bulldogs Edged In 2OT At Dayton, 84-81--ButlerSports.com
The BIAH Quotables--Ballin' is a Habit
The West Virginia Mountaineers escaped by the closest of margins in their game against Cleveland State, 80-78. WVU head coach Bob Huggins was disgusted with his team's play:
I've never had a team give up that many layups in 28 years of coaching. I have never coached a team that has that poor of help (defense). We are awful, just God awful.
Pressure's on: Cleveland State hoping aggressive defense will fuel an upset at OSU--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Buckeyes Set For Feisty Vikings--Palestra.net
Vikings Travel To No. 18 Ohio State--csuvikings.com
Kailey Klein Named Horizon League Player of the Week--Let's Go Vikes!
Klein Named Horizon League Player of the Week--csuvikings.com
Detroit Will Play #11/12 Georgia on Tuesday in Athens--detroittitans.com
Titans And Chippewas Set For Tuesday Showdown--detroittitans.com
Scrappy Flames take bite out of Huskies--Whoosh!Net
Men's Basketball Hits The Road To Face Akron--uicflames.com
Women's Basketball Hangs On To Beat Eastern Illinois, 62-56--uicflames.com
Loyola and a little bit of luck--ChicagoNow.com
Chicago City Rankings - 12/21--ChicagoNow.com
A realistic look at predictions--ChicagoNow.com
Loyola tops SIU-Edwardsville 79-61--The Chicago Tribune
Hill, Gibler Lead Loyola To Fourth Straight Victory--LoyolaRamblers.com
Ramblers Eye Fifth Straight Win When They Host Albany Tuesday Night--LoyolaRamblers.com
Lockdown Defense, Early Run Propels Loyola Past Western Illinois, 48-27--LoyolaRamblers.com
Women's basketball: UWGB sophomore Wojta makes an impact in the post--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB moves up to No. 22--UWGB Basketball
Phoenix Men to Host Buffalo Tuesday Night--uwgbathletics.com
Weekly Panthers report--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
My take on the conference shake-up--UWM Post Sports Blog
Panthers Don't Let Up Until Final Minutes in Home Win Over Miami (OH), 68-61--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Panthers Head To Madison For Matchup With Badgers--uwmpanthers.com
Valparaiso vs. Cincinnati--The Post-Tribune
Scouting today's VU women's basketball game--The NWI Times
Valpo Heads to IPFW Tuesday--valpoathletics.com
Preview: Arkansas-Little Rock (4-8) at Wright State (7-4)--Dayton Daily News
Familiar faces for Raiders--Mark Katz's Blog
Wright State Women can't get the Win in Boston--RaiderRoundball.com
Women's Basketball Shoots Well, But Falls at Boston College 62-56--wsuraiders.com
Men's Basketball Returns Home to Host High Point Tuesday--ysusports.com
Penguins Wrap-Up 2009 With Monday Matinee vs. Bowling Green--ysusports.com
Men's Basketball Scoreboard - Dec. 20--The Horizon League
Butler's Hayward repeats as Men's Basketball Player of the Week--The Horizon League
Wild & Crazy Basketball Weekend--Horizon League Network
Lavesa Glover signs professional basketball contract--The Horizon League
Women's Basketball Scoreboard -- Dec. 21--The Horizon League
Adversity...We Laugh At You!--Horizon League Network