Monday, February 11, 2008

Home Court Advantage?

The Tennessee woman's basketball team beat Rutgers tonight in Knoxville by 1 point. The game ended on a very controversial play that left the Scarlet Knights feeling a little bit cheated. Here's how it was explained at

Trailing 58-57, Anosike [on Tennessee] grabbed an offensive rebound and was grabbed by Kia Vaughn from behind. Unclear whether the foul had come before time expired, the Rutgers bench began to celebrate, but officials reviewed the play and determined that the foul had been committed just before the buzzer.

Television replays showed the game clock seemed to pause as Anosike came down with the ball and two-tenths remained on the clock, leading to the controversial finish.

Basically, what happened is that what the first shot was missed, the clock stopped at 0.2, allowed enough time for Anosike to grab the rebound, and get fouled, and then the clock started back up.

While watching highlights on ESPN, they said it was a "glitch", but I don't know - just seems a little fishy to me.

Anosike would sink both free throws to give Tennessee the lead, and the win.

Apparently, the Scarlet Knights also had a Villanova moment earlier in the year:

It wasn't the first time this season Rutgers lost a game on a controversial call at the end. The Scarlet Knights were beaten by Stanford on two free throws by Candice Wiggins with one-tenth of a second left when she was fouled by Prince 80 feet from the basket.

I'm curious to know if Rutgers can (and will) protest the finish to this game. If that clock doesn't pause, they win this game - and the video proves that.

Photo Credit: ESPN

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