SAN ANTONIO, TX -- It was quite a nail-biting finish, but Iowa State beat UNC in the last seconds of the game.
The Tarheels led the game early on, but Iowa State lead 40 to 37 at the half.
The two teams went back and forth most of the second half. Carolina seemed to take a slight edge with a few minutes left in the game.
However in the last two seconds of the game, Iowa State scored with under 2 seconds left in the game.
UNC in-bounded the ball and ran up to half court line and called a time out. However, there
was not enough time left on the clock for a second chance.
Iowa State won the game 85 to 83, they will advance to the Sweet 16. They will play the University of Connecticut March 28. The time has not been announced.
USA Today: The 'Clock' Call in UNC/Iowa State game:
Officials made the right decision ending the North Carolina-Iowa State game after a bizarre timing error followed the Cyclones' game-winning shot. Even a call that went UNC's way wouldn't have left much time to do anything than heave and pray. But that doesn't mean the Tar Heels shouldn't have plenty of beef with the way things went down Sunday night in their 85-83 loss in San Antonio.
Iowa State's DeAndre Kane hit the go-ahead shot with time running out in the third-round game. The ball fell through the basket with 1.9 remaining and gave the Cyclones a two-point lead. But, because of a late hand by the clock operator, the game clock didn't stop until there was 1.6 on the clock. Then, when UNC's Nate Britt caught the inbound, the clock was late in starting again. A full second elapsed before the time moved, then it didn't stop when Britt signaled for timeout with 0.7 seconds left. It was timing chaos.
Officials met on the sideline. How should they treat a clock that stopped late, started late and then stopped late again, all in a span of a few seconds?
The refs ended the game, declaring that the timi
ng error gave UNC too much time and that the timeout came after the game should have ended. That decision earned no protest from North Carolina coach Roy Williams.
Was it the right call? Yes and no.
Yes, just about 1.7 seconds elapsed between the time Britt caught the ball and the moment the timeout was called. In that way, the game should be over. You don't get extra time because the clock operator had poor reflexes.
But was the clock ever right to begin with? A look at the replay shows there could have been more time added to the clock after Kane's basket.
There's 1.9 seconds on that clock when the ball passes through the net, not the 1.6 that UNC had on the inbound. The refs made the right call based on the wrong information. If there was 1.9 seconds left when Carolina threw the ball in, the maybe there should have been 0.2 seconds on the clock after the timeout.
That's not enough time to get off a shot and barely enough time for a tip. And even so, calling a timeout was the wrong play no matter how much time was on the clock. There was opportunity for a game-winning half-court shot and Britt passed it up for the timeout, a low-percentage play.
But it's not Carolina's fault the clock operator screwed up all parts of the play. Once the clock ran too long after the basket, the game never recovered. As a result, players, coaches and fans were stripped of a fair finish.
- In its previous 30 appearences in the NCAA, UNC has reached the sweet sixteen 23 times.
- This is UNC's 45th NCAA Tournament bid.
- UNC has won 12 consecutive games in the NCAA round of 64.
- The Tar Heels have won 110 total NCAA games. The only other team to have more is Kentucky with 111. A win on Sunday would tie the two teams.
- UNC is 24-9 this season, making this its 55th 20-win season.