Clock malfunctions have come up in a few different games during this NCAA Tournament, but the one at the end of Iowa State-UNC in the third round takes the cake.
The Tar Heels and Cyclones traded baskets and the lead down the stretch. After two James Michael McAdoo free throws tied things up for UNC at 83-83, Cyclones star guard DeAndre Kane was able to penetrate Carolina’s defense for quick go-ahead layup to give Iowa State the 85-83 lead. UNC in-bounded the ball to guard Nate Britt, who ran up the court and appeared to get off a time-out, but only after it appeared that the clock had run out. No one seemed to know what exactly had happened between the clock, which stalled a bit after the inbound, and the called time-out.
After much deliberation, the referees decided that time had expired, UNC was unable to get off a final play, and Iowa State was given the win and the Sweet 16 berth.
Iowa State advances to play UConn at Madison Square Garden in the East Region semifinal.