NCAA head official on controversial out-of-bounds: We didn't have the same TV angle
The referees who made the controversial call in the National Championship between Duke and Wisconsin didn't have the proper angles to see it.
That's what John Adams, NCAA head of officials, said on SiriusXM radio on Tuesday.
On the play, Duke was up 63-58. Duke's Justise Winslow and Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig went up for the rebound, but the ball was knocked out of bounds.
After nearly two minutes in the booth, officials ruled that Koenig touched it last, though video replay at home showed otherwise. On the ensuing play, Tyus Jones knocked down a three, which would prove to be the deciding points with 1:24 remaining.
Adams states that the crew on the court didn't see Winslow touch the ball out of bounds, simply because they weren't provided with the same camera angles that viewers had at home.
"We never saw on our monitor what everybody saw at home, if you can believe that," Adams said.
Adams went on to say that after the call, he saw it on television and realized it was a mistake, and made a judgement call not to intervene with the ruling on the court.
" ... We never saw the view that everybody saw at home and I saw it 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," he said, adding that before he could even think about butting in, play had already resumed.
" ... That's how critical I thought the play was and concluded this was 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?"
Although it's not the answer Wisconsin fans were hoping for, it adds a little bit of closure to the call that many believe dictated the outcome of the game.
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