Apr 8, 2015 5:34 PM

NCAA Tourney head says refs should have been more patient

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) NCAA vice president of men's basketball Dan Gavitt says the referees Monday night in the national championship game had access to television replays on a crucial play in the last 2 minutes but had already decided to give the ball to Duke when CBS showed a magnified view of the play.

The NCAA Tournament head says the referees should have been a little more "patient" before making the ruling after Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig missed a layup with 1:54 left and the Badgers trailing 63-58.

In a scramble for the rebound, the referees initially ruled it went off a Wisconsin player even though replays appeared to show the ball was clearly touched by a Duke play. But the call was not reversed, and the Blue Devils went on to win 68-63.


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